Many formal celebrations are being put on hold or cancelled during the world wide pandemic. It’s important to celebrate our milestones, so we must find other ways to celebrate while being safe. And that’s just what we did last week with these Georgetown University graduation portraits!
Celebrate How You Can
With commencements cancelled throughout the country, many graduates are left without a feeling of completion on a major accomplishment and time of their lives. In the scheme of things, that seems small in comparison to the importance of maintaining our health and respecting the health of others. And at the same time, I feel compassion for students facing this major disappointment.
Graduates have been reaching out to schedule photo sessions as a way of celebrating their accomplishment, and I’m glad I’ve found a way to serve them. The folks I’m working with are already living together or socializing in close-quarters in dorms or off-campus housing. We’re able to stay away from other people, as the campuses are shut down and no one is around. I’m wearing a mask, not touching anyone or anything (other than my camera), staying a safe distance away from everyone, using longer lenses, and doing a lot of loud talking and exaggerated enunciating behind my mask. (Plus more, too much to get into specifics!) Not the typical experience during a photo shoot, but that’s OK for now.
Celebrate Good Times
Katrina and thirteen of her closest friends are graduating from Georgetown University and wanted to commemorate the occasion with Georgetown University graduation portraits. They figured the session could serve as an unofficial celebration to replace their commencement and ball that were cancelled. It was so fun getting to meet this group of fun, smart, friendly, respectful, and appreciative young women.
That Final Shot, Though…
I think my fav part of the evening (besides the hilarious Prosecco shower!), was the last shot of the night: watching this friend group, donning their caps and gowns, hold hands and walk through the gates of the university and out into the world. I definitely got choked up… and am again typing this! It’s an honor to do this work and I’m so glad I was able to capture this precious celebration.
Congratulations, ladies! May your futures be bright as your beautiful smiles in these photos!
Ahhh… I just love this shot!
Coordinating 14 prosecco pop & sprays was quite the feat! But so fun!
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Hi – I’m Rachel! A wedding, engagements, and headshots photographer in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia. I love taking photos of elegant people who love to laugh, as well as of much in-love couples. If you’re a dog owner, that’s a plus! I’m currently booking 2019 portrait sessions, as well as 2019 and 2020 weddings.