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Eva : Class of 2020

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Eva : Class of 2020

I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: the Class of 2020 has some pretty special students in it and I’m not sure what I’m going to do without them! Eva is one of those special young women that has lit up my office since 6th grade. Her group of clarinets was the first I got to teach for 3 years straight (I normally only teach the flutes through 8th grade) and I’m so thankful I got that extra year! She was one of the students I first let know I was pregnant with Lochlyn because, as our main babysitter, she needed to know her job was about to get heftier. ;)

The main reason I have loved Eva’s refreshing presence in my life is because she is unabashedly, unashamedly, without hesitation, HERSELF. She has walked into the band room with these big galoshes-type rain boots on without batting an eye, “It’s muddy out there, Mrs. Krupke.” She wore them to band camp after a torrential downpour left the practice field a jungle and her peers were jealous that she could pull them off, “You could too, you just put one foot on and then the other.” She has helped others believe in themselves without question her entire high school career and I’m sure she will continue to do so throughout her lifetime.

Confidence is said to be contagious and Eva’s is totally worth catching. I hope and pray that Adelaide catches that kind of confidence in this last year of Eva babysitting her! With all this being said about confidence, Eva also has a healthy dose of realism in her spirit. And while she “doesn’t sport”, we did some of her senior photos at the NHS stadium where she spends a healthy amount of time there as drum major. While I’ve photographed here a ton in the past, I wanted to do something different for Eva and we snuck under the stadium seats and caught a few photos that I can safely say, no other client of mine has!

We headed out to Maffitt Reservoir area and honestly, just chased the good light as the sun went down! Eva dreams of being a legal analyst for a news station someday-when she flashed her smirk my way, I could totally see her staring down an opponent in the court room or any debate stage. I dare you to disagree!

We headed down to the dock area and lapped up the glowy light that was perfect for our evening!

Tricia & Scott: You have done an outstanding job as parents! Can I just be a fly on the wall of your home and take copious notes? Thank you for giving the music department and our family the gift of Eva and all that she is to us. Not sure her shoes will ever quite be filled!

Eva: We are going to do everything we can to keep you close to home! Thank you for keeping our kids safe and for being such a great role model for both of them. It’s students like you who make me look forward to the teenage years when Laidy gets there. Thank you for all that you’ve taught ME!

Blessings this year!
Carrie

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Emily : Class of 2020

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Emily : Class of 2020

Most of the time, I will know my seniors from previously encountering them in the Norwalk School District. Little did I know when I photographed the NHS Track Meet in April, I was encountering Emily chasing down a 4x800 relay record that her team of 4 would eventually shatter later in the season. When we got together for her senior session, I was greeted by a wide smile, perfectly curled locks and the brightest blue eyes framed by lashes for days. I almost didn’t recognize the girl I’d photographed at the Track Meet who had her long hair in a pony tail braid and was sweating her heart out on the track!

Speaking of the track, we headed to the Norwalk Stadium first to document her Cross Country and Track participation throughout her high school career and I got schooled in what all the symbols on the track actually mean! Namely, the “handoff triangle” as I call it….

We headed downtown and Emily’s main request was getting photos with the Des Moines skyline in them. We grabbed this option on our way into downtown and then headed farther in:

I absolutely love this spot in the later afternoon/evening hours! There’s an apartment building right across from us that reflects the sun’s light perfectly and Emily even got a few cat calls from passers-by while we were here! (That’s the one with the really big laugh that you’ll see a few photos down…) I loved her dress just as much as our location (even Gerard commented on it when he saw these images-it’s just that much FUN!)

Our last spot, we headed to Maffit Reservoir and the light was divine! Even though Emily had wanted to emphasize downtown, both she and her sweet Mama were thankful for the nature option Maffit gave to their portrait portfolio. The outfit was just as perfect as the light and we were there till closing time!

Emily & Nicole: As I said in my text to you after our session was done, my cheeks were sore from all the smiling and laughing we did during our time together! Thank you for a lovely time and for creating beautiful photos with me to boot. I’m so grateful for your support of my business and I feel like I made some new friends too-what a joy! Blessings on your senior year, Emily-it’s going to be awesome!

All the Best,

Carrie

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Thomas : Class of 2020

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Thomas : Class of 2020

I’ve been photographing Thomas and his family since 2009 and his mom is the first one to believe in my photography business enough to offer to pay for their session after a year of portfolio building! This summer is full of pinch-me moments for this precious class of 2020 because I’ve been photographing some of their families since the very beginning!! Thomas will be a graduate of Roosevelt next spring and for a family who has been born and raised in Des Moines, they couldn’t be prouder that Thomas is graduating from his Grandma Rose’s alma mater. We did our first stop at the Art Center but the bug pestered us enough that we escaped to Roosevelt campus and we took in all we could of the architecture that is one of the oldest high schools in Des Moines:

There’s a walking bridge right next to Roosevelt with a whole different kind of architecture and we used it to our advantage as well, leveraging the setting sun at the same time:

Thomas & Miriam (& Sean): Thank you so much for believing in me and supporting me all these years! I can’t believe Thomas is graduating this school year and we’ve done his senior photos-that’s just nuts to me. Your family is such a blessing to mine and I’m forever thankful you’re in our lives!

All the best on this school year!
Carrie
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Madi : Class of 2020

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Madi : Class of 2020

I have photographed this sweet girl since she was in elementary school and she had just 3 younger siblings. She now has 4 coming up behind her and Madi is entering her senior year this fall. I had the immense pleasure of teaching her for three years in the band department and the Sweet sense of humor runs deep. Most every lesson had me laughing and her wit and snark. Her photo session was no different as I think you’ll be able to tell….

A quick outfit change and we gathered her “prop” in the meantime. I love how the yellow pops off her pink dress!

We headed down to the water where, lo and behold, that three is still there!! But first, the dandelion challenge for the flute player’s embouchure….;)

Madi, thank you SO much for your bravery to get in the water when the water levels were much higher than normal! You are amazing and I’m so grateful for you!

I have a hunch that this senior class is going to be even harder to say goodbye to than last year’s! Madi-you are a blessing to all who know you and I’m sure that your wit and smarts will take you far in life. Don’t venture too far, we have family photos yet to take this summer too, and probably most summers after this one. You’ve got the best cheering fan base a girl could ask for as you go off on your new adventure after senior year!

All the best,

Mrs. K

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Nick : Class of 2019

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Nick : Class of 2019

It is impossible to turn members of the Class of 2019 away. Especially this fellow. Nick has been one of my staunchist (is that a word?) supporters ever since attending the middle school band camp I recruited him to when he was done with 6th grade. Honestly, I think I gained a fan in him because I conducted a piece that I allowed the french horn players to go "bell up", meaning blast full throttle (with good quality tone of course) and angle their bells up for it to be even louder. Nothing more majestic to me than that. I attended a conference last spring where the keynote speaker talked about just how important the Band is to humanity and one of his references was Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. Do you really think the walls would've come tumbling down if they'd been playing violins? 

But I digress. I've now photographed the whole group that Nick started hanging out with in the band room before school every morning (Jaden, Ana, Allie, Gina) and I'm so saddened that my time with these young lives is nearing an end! 

Check out Nick's socks! This image below is his: "I'm ready for a gig" image: 

On the way to our last location, we paused here to give him a wide shot of downtown Des Moines:

While I'm a little jealous that the band department now has to share Nick because he's decided to not only join choir and (gasp!) auditioned into show choir, I'm super excited that Mr. Krupke gets to experience Nick's leadership prowess. Nick can gather/organize his peers unlike few before him. His Pied Piper-ness rivals Mr. Krupke's in all honesty and I'm so glad the choir department gets a dose of what we've now dubbed the Serck Smirk:

Outside of music and leadership roles in school, Nick has competed in 4-wheeling since he was 6 years old. His mom, Ricci, brought the license plate from his 4-wheeler and this reminded me of why I love senior sessions: I get to learn about new hobbies and activities every. single. time! 

Nick, 

Oh how I will miss seeing your smiling, confidence-inducing grin during Band Camp rehearsals! Knowing I had at least one enthusiastic supporter in the ensemble gave me energy and empowerment to keep going on more occasions than I can count. Come for one last hurrah next summer and I promise, I'll give you a "bells up" opportunity, even if the music doesn't officially call for it. And always, always, with quality tone. ;) You are going to take the world by storm and I can't wait to hear the wide-reach of your influence. 

You are awesome, 

Mrs. Krupke

PS You can view more of our time together HERE

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