Family is precious to me. There’s nothing warmer than a hug from someone you love, and nothing better than seeing their smile. So when I got the chance to take my nephew’s senior photos, I jumped at the chance to travel home to South Dakota to photograph him, in downtown Sioux Falls. He hails from Tri-Valley High School, and is very involved with sports there. He plays football and softball, runs track, weight-lifts, and when he’s not doing all of those things, he’s volunteering on the Student Council. Out of that list, though, his favorite is football, and he doesn’t want to stop playing when he gets out of high school.
He wore a couple great outfits, as well as his jersey, and I bet you can tell which one he loved wearing more. The downtown was perfect for the urban vibe we were going for, and Noah looked perfect for it. The lighting was fantastic, and the colors all went together, but the best part was his wonderful smile! It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, and it’ll be a while until I see it in person again. After high school, Noah has some big plans for his future: “I want to play college football. I love the sport, and wanna play it longer. I also want to work towards a major as a history teacher; I love history, and I want to teach kids all about it.”
However, he’s undecided on whether he wants to head off to college, or into the military. No matter what he decides, I know he’s going to give it his all. When I asked him how his friends would describe him, a couple of the adjectives he thought they’d use were ‘funny’ and ‘respectful’, and they’re spot on. Noah made me laugh so much in our session, and he made it so very fun. He’s also got one of the most upstanding characters you can find in someone his age, and it’s a wonderful thing to see. I was able to capture that character and that incredible personality in his senior pictures, too!
One of my favorite photos from the day was of him in his jersey, on the field. You can tell that he’s at home there, and who he is really shines through when he’s out on the grass. In fact, one of the people he looks up to the most is his coach: “My defensive coach is my personal hero,” he said, “he inspires us on the field, and is a great teacher off the field.” It’s wonderful to know that Noah has someone speaking into his life, and inspiring him to do good things.
I know that Noah has the brightest future ahead of him, and look forward to seeing where he goes. Congratulations, Noah!