I am a mom of a senior... the disappointment of not getting to celebrate all the lasts (last prom, last day, last spring break even) felt overwhelming at first. We lamented together for the first week or two and then he was over it. He was moving on and I realized I needed to as well. I let go. I decided I could focus on the positive and what I could do and not focus on what wasn't going to happen. So, I planted a garden with one of my sons and we walked the dog together everyday. I started a new bible study with friends across 3 states over facetime. I focused on some dreams that I've been thinking about for years, book cover photography and a brand new art website, check it out here www.nstephensonartshop.com.
Looking back, the hard time was also a beautiful time. I am actually grateful for it now. It made me more compassionate for others and one of those groups I really feel for is all those seniors out there. As a way to bless them, I offered my senior clients free cap & gown portraits and it was a cool way to check in with them and see how they are. Wow! I was amazed with their stories. They are hard working, resilient, responsible, capable and strong. They are continuing on with their dreams. It is truly their time to shine!
As a Bend Oregon Senior Photographer, I am highlighting some of the seniors I had the pleasure of working with. I'll start with my own. My son Samuel works full time and during quarantine even received a promotion to supervisor because of his work ethic. He never complained about going to work. He also remained optimistic about his future, did not give in to sadness and feeling sorry for himself because the school year didn't end the way he wished. He instead pushed himself with his homemade workout gym, swimming in the river in a wet suit (even during a hail storm) because pools were closed, decided to do the social distance grad walk for his family even though he really didn't want to, continued to be a good friend to others and worked hard at everything he did. I am a proud mom!
Sonna stepped in and went above and beyond helping me in our business office. She had learned so many skills and exceeded my expectations with her abilities. I love that I’ve been able to spend everyday working with her before she leaves for college as well. She has no idea how much help she has been to me. ~ Sonna's mom
Abinet is a man of God who is passionate about serving the less fortunate. He has overcome adversity in his own life, so, in turn, knows how blessed he is and shares it. He is mature beyond his years. He loves others and is loyal to a fault! He has a deep desire to make a difference in the world. To show a glimpse of this in action, Abinet wanted to serve instead of being served on his 19th birthday. He went out and, with his own money, bought items for homeless people. He then went out and delivered them to homeless people around Bend. He did this humbly and without recognition. That’s the kid of man he is... I think Micah 6:8 describes him perfectly...”...to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” ~ Abe's mom
Karina kept a cheerful attitude about graduation despite the disappointment of not having the traditional ceremony and send off with her classmates. She also spent much time riding her horse and has greatly improved her riding skills with the extra practice. I am proud of her! ~ Karina's mom