It took me a little longer than usual to put together my annual post to the Class of 2018 graduates. Today, I realized why.
As the year comes to a close, it is only right to celebrate MaKaylee's senior pictures. A beautiful combination of nature and rustic street-scapes, MaKaylee had a lovely backdrop and did a wonderful job on her session. Here are just a few of her pictures, today, on her final day of high school! Congratulations!
The 2018 school year is coming to a close, and with that, we are beginning to look for seniors from the class of 2019. The new Adrienne Nicole Photography model team recently got together for their first formal session. We chose a red white and black theme for this dressy urban session. Here are some great sneak peeks from downtown Indianapolis. Make sure you scroll all the way to the end for some fun behind the scenes shots.
Senior model Bria agreed to meet bright and early at 7:30am for this greenhouse shoot. It proved to be a busy Sunday morning but Bria was unfazed by the staring shoppers. The rising sun provided us with amazing natural lighting to work with. We loved feeling the warmth and were inspired by by the vibrant blooming flowers. It's so great to finally have Spring flowers and weather!
As the weather is heating up, downtown Indy is becoming more and more vibrant. Tri-West senior Bryce and I explored the city this past summer to create her session. I loved how she was so carefree and willing to go anywhere. I'm happy she chose to represent her relaxed personal style with some of her outfit choices. This contrasted with her dressed up look of a romper and statement necklace. Her high school style is now captured in moments she can always look back to!
Payton is one powerful young lady. She is a powerhouse in the classroom, as a member of DECA, and as a member of the discus team in track and field. We had a great time focusing on all of her accomplishments during her senior session!
You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet over here since the beginning of the year. Well, there's a good reason for that!
Have you ever had the rug pulled out from under you and had something happen that came so far out of left field that there was no way to see it coming? Well, that's what has happened to me. Right after Thanksgiving 2017 I woke up and my hands felt funny, kind of like I had slept on them, but they wouldn't "wake up". With my medical knowledge of course I jumped to terrible conclusions, but I decided I was crazy and just waited. Finally, I saw a neurologist and after Christmas I had an MRI of my spine. Check it out below. Pretty cool to see your insides :) Anyway, I have learned that I have 2 herniated discs in my neck which are pushing on my spinal cord pretty significantly. Many people with herniated discs have pain because their disc is pushing on a nerve, but mine is on my spine directly, so its both good and bad. Good that I am with minimal pain, but bad that I basically have injured my spinal cord and can't wait around. I continue to have weakness in my hands and legs and I've been told that if I let this go, I could permanently lose function and sensation throughout my body.
All this to say, that I have had to take a break from most physical activities - only the necessities. After wishing this would just go away, consulting several surgeons, and reading everything I can get my hands on online, I am scheduled to have a pretty major spinal surgery in February. If everything goes well, they will be able to replace my broken discs with artificial discs - just like a hip or knee replacement. (The surgeons all say it's "routine" but there is nothing routine about cutting someone's neck open to reach their spine and replace what has gone bad. - look up ACDR, or ACDF) The recovery from something like this can be quite long. I haven't wanted to schedule any future photography work until I know how I am going to recover. I hope that by April or May I will be back to light duty work, and can complete any obligations I have to current clients, and get back to work with my next group of seniors for the class of 2019!
Any words of encouragement are much appreciated as I have never had a surgery/anesthesia, never taken much more than ibuprofen before! It sucks that this had to happen at this phase of my life, trying to be active with a toddler and a career, I've been told I'm pretty young for this to have happened, but hopefully that means I'll be able to heal fast!
Thank you so much for understanding and sticking with me while I take care of myself. I feel so bad that I can't keep up with my work as I would like. I really don't want to miss anyone from the class of 2018 or 2019!! I still plan to continue with my senior model program, but we will be getting a later start this year. However, I may be slow to respond, or have to push scheduling sessions for several months. Hang in there with me, and I hope that I can put all this behind me by the summer. Thanks so much!!
The moment you've been waiting for is finally here! You are inching closer and closer to Senior Year and one of the first rights of passage is senior pictures. If you want exclusive opportunities and a VIP experience, sign up below for our senior model team! More information to follow soon. This is more than senior pictures, its a team of new friends, and a place to hang out. Let's Do This!!
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Grace is a senior at Plainfield High School. She is a member of their dance team and competes with Infinity, a local competitive dance studio. Grace was a pleasure to work with. The beautiful scenery at Avon Gardens was the perfect setting for her summer shoot!
Today, November 17th, is World Prematurity Awareness Day. The Centers for Disease control states that preterm birth rates have risen slightly to 9.8% in the United States in recent years, and the March of Dimes gives Indiana a "C Grade" with slightly worse than average rates at 10%. In the Prematurity prevention community, the entire month of November is devoted to prematurity awareness and prevention.
I wanted to celebrate these amazing miracle children, their families, their healthcare providers, and the research and technological advances that are keeping premature infants alive, and often even thriving. Below are just a few examples of the amazing children - with amazing stories - that are living right in our own community.
I think it is such a wonder to learn about people's back stories. So many people walk in and out of our lives every day and we have no idea what they or their families have been through. I also think it is important to show new families, who may be facing life with a newborn infant in the NICU, success stories. It can be an emotional roller coaster of unknowns in the first weeks and months after a premie is born. But I want to share some hope and positivity with the images below!
Thank you so much to all of the families who volunteered, and to the awesome kids I got to meet through this project!
Mekenzie was willing to try anything on her portrait session! She is a senior at Avon and on the dance team. We explored the outdoor scenery of Ellis Park in Danville and then traveled over to the downtown square for a more urban vibe. The lighting that night made for some unique portraits! Here are a few of the stunning images from her session!
Mariah has been both a high school and competitive cheerleader winning her numerous awards. I loved how they brought white daisies to incorporate into her photos! At the end of her session we were able to get her hair wet and play in the water. All of this chilly weather is starting to make me miss summer sessions like this one.
Jessie is a huge baseball fan! Her family has season tickets for the Indianapolis Indians. We were able to get special access to Victory Field for part of her senior session! We also explored around the canal downtown to finish out her shoot. Despite a pause for rain I had a wonderful day photographing Jessie.
I had a wonderful time exploring Avon with Morgan for her senior session. She has participated in the Avon's Color Guard winning numerous prestigious awards. I loved how we were able to photograph her cap and gown shots at the high school. Being a huge Cubs fan, Morgan also had to get pictures with her new puppy Wrigley, named after Wrigley Field.
Aubrey had beautiful summer weather for her senior session in Plainfield. She is a competitive dancer with such talent it made it easy to capture beautiful performance images!
Avon senior Meghan was an absolute pleasure to photograph! Wanting to capture both her sweet and sassy side, we ventured through Holcomb Gardens for a beautiful outdoor landscape before traveling to the more urban scene in Broad Ripple.
Emily loves the bright lights and the city! She has contributed her talents in Avon High School's musical theatre, show choir, and other community theatre productions. We explored Fountain Square to capture the city atmosphere Emily loves to be apart of!
There's nothing that says summer and Americana more than a vintage pickup, cold drinks, and a group of friends outside having fun! We wanted to celebrate summer and the 4th of July with a patriotic themed photo shoot for some of the ANP senior models. Check out some of my favorite shots from the session, and this awesome behind the scenes video. I loved seeing the girls excited and having fun together during this shoot.
Congratulations on your huge accomplishment! I am so excited to see where this life takes you! You're going to be getting a lot of advice in the next few days, weeks, and months, and I wanted to throw my two cents in for what its worth.
The best advice I can give you as you complete high school and move on to the next big steps in your life is: "Don't be afraid...you're going to be OK." It may not make sense yet, but give it some time. Go out there (where is "there" anyway) and try things, make mistakes, and take chances (the safe, life affirming kind) trusting that it is highly likely that you will become a better and more enlightened person because you did. Your plans, interests, friends, finances, health, all may change, but remember, it's all leading you down the same path, and chances are very high, that it will all work out. In fact, change is what molds us, what teaches us, what allows us to grow, what exposes us to opportunities we never knew. You may be changed too, but as long as you keep moving forward, you will most likely end up where you are meant to be. There are so many pressures and expectations which you may or may not be feeling yet, but I want you to know YOURS is the loudest voice you should listen to. Yes, many have gone before you, many have sage advice (I mean look at me, right here, giving advice) and many can set you on the path for great success, and it is wise to listen. However, if you're not sure what you want, if you don't love the thing you thought you would, if you get homesick, "Don't be afraid, it's going to be OK!" Don't feel like you're obligated to stay on the same path you designed - with minimal information and life experience - when you graduated high school. I think real happiness is obtained when we feel that our passions and our opportunities for success collide. And, sometimes it takes awhile to figure out what those passions are. I would say we learn more from trying and failing than doing what is safe. The reward often feels much sweeter when we take (calculated) risk and succeed!
I also think it is important to try not to compare yourself to others. They're not you. Don't be bound by other people's expectations, their level of comfort, their resources, their version of 'success'. Try your very best to be true to yourself and honest with what makes you happy. Social media is a facade. Be careful putting too much value in what you perceive everyone else is doing based on social media.
I am not saying it is good to be nonchalant, or lazy about your future. Oh no! You will need push through tough times, and not give up when things become difficult. You will have to work hard, and create and capitalize on opportunities and invest in experiences that will help you grow. Sometimes you will have to say 'no' to things that will take you off course, and sometimes you will have to say 'yes' to things that you're not sure about. Determining which is which, can be tricky, but again, that's where your own inner voice can help. Your family and trusted experts can also be very helpful in offering guidance. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Generally speaking, people like to help, and share what they have learned along their way in life. (Hey, again, look at me, exhibit A, right here.)
These are just a few little tips based on my experience. No one can follow these things perfectly, and I am still trying every day to apply it to my own life. I just really feel strongly about allowing young people the freedom to explore who they are, and create the life that allows them to really feel content. No matter how you get there, remember, it will all be OK!!
Hopefully the first thing that draws you to Adrienne Nicole Photography is that you enjoy the images you see online and on social media. Maybe you've seen your friend's images and want to know how you can get the same unique photographs. After you've decided that Adrienne Nicole Photography offers what you are looking for I'm sure you'll have questions.