Photographing seniors in Sedona is one of my favorites and it’s that time of year when I get to showcase some really special young adults as they graduate from high school. I remember feeling the same way as many of my seniors feel…excited, nervous, anxious and relieved. Possibility just seems to seep from everything when you’re 18 and ready to embark on your own journey.
Sedona has some amazing choices for events and portraits, but Christina chose Crescent Moon (locally known as Red Rock Crossing) for her senior photos. If you’ve never been to this little piece of paradise, I recommend you make the time during your next visit. The day we went, a big rain had just occurred and most of the area I usually use was under water, which made these photos so unique and gorgeous.
As a Sedona Photographer, I feel pretty lucky. Not only do I get to meet so many amazing people, but I also get to photograph them in one of the most gorgeous natural settings on earth.
Congratulations Christina! I wish you only the best! ~ Melissa
I just love living in the college town of Flagstaff. Northern Arizona University, with its 20,000 students, brings so much to the table. Each year, I get symphony tickets, go see various plays, volunteer with my alumni sorority, get to see some great collegiate sporting events and even get to use the Sky Dome to do some serious leg exercises sprinting to and from the bottom of the field. But my favorite part is meeting wonderful students each year as they prepare to graduate.
Nikki came to her session with some great props and a smile that lit up all of Old Main. She was so sweet and I loved hearing about her future plans, all wrapped up in fresh excitement that made me excited for her.
We chose Old Main, the oldest part of NAU, for her photos. The historic buildings stand tall over the grassy lawn, and remind everyone who pass, they are part of a larger future of NAU graduates.
Congratulations Nikki! I can’t wait to hear where the future takes you. ~ Melissa
I’ve known Miranda since she was about seven years old and I could hardly believe it when her Dad, Dave, called me for her senior photos. Dave and I have served on the board of Flagstaff Biking Organization together for a long time. It’s a bicycle advocacy group here in Flagstaff with a mission to get more people and kids on bikes for health and the environment. Specifically, he and I have a passion for Bike to Work Week and our elementary school children program of Bicycle Rodeos, which teaches safe riding for kids. Dave also recently retired from the Flagstaff Police Department and has participated in the Police Unity Tour for many years. I’ve always been thankful for his service and dedication to the public.
When I first met Miranda, she was just getting into mountain biking. I remember her first ‘race’ in downtown Flagstaff where she and her sister rode one mile and at the end, collected a medal with hundreds of other kids. Her big grin and laugh were contagious. While her Dad lived in Flagstaff, Miranda, and her sister live in Camp Verde, so a couple of years would go by before I would see them again. This was the case when Dave called for her senior session. When Miranda showed up for her photo shoot, I almost didn’t recognize her. She is no longer the little girl of my memory, but a beautiful and smart young lady. However, that gorgeous smile is still the same. Miranda will be graduating from Camp Verde High School this coming May and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for her. Congrats Miranda! xoxo ~ Melissa
We chose Red Rock Crossing State Park for her senior session. I love discovering old locations and being inspired by the changes in the landscape and foliage. I’m usually at this park as a Sedona Wedding Photographer, and it’s always wonderful to be able to photograph seniors and families at my favorite locations. I’m loving being a Camp Verde Senior Photographer this year and getting to know many of the students there!
Dain is graduating from Flagstaff High School next month and we were delighted to have been able to capture this time in his life. Dain is such a sweet young man and we really enjoyed getting to hear about his hopes and plans for the future. Dain is a hockey player for Flagstaff High School, the Flagstaff Avalanches, and aspires to play at the collegiate or farm league level. We wish him the best of luck and know whatever he chooses, he will succeed! Congrats Dain!
One of the best things about being a High School Senior Photographer in Flagstaff and Sedona is meeting such wonderful and talented young people. Fiona is graduating from Flagstaff High School next May. This young lady has quite the list of accomplishments, many of them centered around her violin talents. She’s been playing since the age of three and hopes to continue for the rest of her life. For some of the photos I asked her to play a song. I have to tell you, hearing those beautiful strings take a life of their own under her talented guidance, while standing underneath a stand of magical aspens…well…it was plain enchanting. I had to catch my breath at the beauty of the notes, played with such mastery. Afterwards I asked her what she had played. Her response? “Warm up scales”. I laughed at how even the warm up scales sounds magical in the forest. It was such a delight to meet this young lady and I’m looking forward to following her career at New York University. Congratulations Fiona! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!