The Senior Experience / by Trelina Anderson

Way back in 1997, we moved to Maryland after being stationed in South Korea, and one of the first friends I made when got here was a woman named Michelle. Michelle and Russ had both gone through language school together in the Air Force, so they had known each other for a few years by then. Through a series of rather hilarious events that I may share at a later date, Michelle and I became best friends, and believe me, shenanigans have ensued in the years since. 

Michelle has two daughters, both of whom are beautiful, smart, hilarious, and very, very good people. The eldest, Lauren, graduated from high school in the spring, and I was given the honor of making her senior portraits. 

So we headed down to an area near my house that has train tracks, a bridge, and a river. It was pretty late in the day, only maybe an hour away from sunset, so we didn't have a lot of time, but we were able to get some really great shots anyway.

Now, before anyone freaks out, at that time I didn't know that you could be fined for shooting on tracks. Since discovering the legalities of shooting on active tracks, I have stopped offering them as a location. That said, tracks make a really great compositional element, and those are all my favorite shots. 

We didn't spend a lot of time on the tracks, though. We made a few shots, and then moved on. There was this huge pile of wood stacked up next to the tracks, and I liked the texture of the wood, as well as the color, so we moved over there for one or two more shots before her outfit change.

I love this image because it reminds me of an 80's punk band album cover. 

I love this image because it reminds me of an 80's punk band album cover. 

Lauren has since graduated from high school, and has moved on to college, and from all accounts, is having the time of her life. I couldn't be more proud of her.