Every year since I have started at Severna Park High School, I have been a part of the graduation at Towson University. One because we are required as teachers to attend and help but they usually give the teachers a role of being at the end of a row seated with the students. Some other teachers have different duties, so I asked if I could help out and shoot and give the photos to the school website and yearbook. This was my second graduation and I really love it because all of the students are so happy to be done school and they are a lot of fun
So I spend the morning winding the halls taking pictures of the students together getting ready and talking about their plans for the future. I also catch the occasional teacher helping student who doesn't know how to tie a tie! (See below, haha) These are the great memories that stand out in my mind. Later I shoot the students entering and listening to all of the speeches. Being valedictorian in our school does not come easy and it a huge race for many students. It is not uncommon for our valedictorian to have at least a 4.85 GPA!!! I do not focus on the students receiving their diplomas because another photography service owns that time and place on the stage. I get a few just for capturing the moment for the school.
After the event, families gather outside to take pictures and I usually get the "hey can you take this?" I shoot it with my camera but am nice enough to shoot it with theirs as well. I do get a few who buy my prints instead of just keeping theirs. Thank You! Lastly, every year I have the family, "wheres the memory card? Wheres the battery? YOU DIDNT BRING THE CAMERA!?!? &*#&^@!!!!" Thats were I come in camera in hand with a smile on my face!