Ben's mom and dad -assistants for the night!
Ben is a Senior at Mayo High School who is active in Robotics, Science Olympiad and Band. He plans to pursue mechanical engineering in college. We recently had senior photo-shoot downtown. It was definitely one "for the books" as there was the downtown concert series going on called, "Down by the Riverside" and it featured the Gin Blossoms. What great background music for a senior session!
KMP: What advice would you give to a fellow senior who is soon to get their senior photos taken?
Ben: Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in, and go into it with a good attitude.
KMP: How did you decide on your location(s)/what to wear?
Ben: Primarily I took advice about good spots from Mrs. Murphy and I looked at what my friends were wearing for their sessions.
KMP: What was your favorite part of the senior photo shoot?
Ben: I liked that I got to enjoy listening to music that was playing from Down By the Riverside during my session.
This looks like it is out in the middle of the countryside, but it was actually taken downtown right by the Civic Center!
KMP: What surprised you about the experience, or what was the most interesting part of the session?
Ben: I thought that I would feel more uncomfortable being in such an active public setting as downtown Rochester than I ended up feeling.
KMP: If you were to recommend this experience to your best friend, what would you say?
Ben: I would explain how Mrs. Murphy treats you as her subject. She not only takes great photos, but does a very good job at making sure that you are comfortable with the situation/scene.
Mom and Dad photobombing Ben!
Tina Fague - Mayo 2019
What are your Interests/activities at school?
I play softball and I really enjoy being a part of the school spirit activities like GOFA, homecoming and football season, prom, etc.
What are your future plans once you graduate?
I hope to head to college to become a probation officer or work as a child advocate.
If someone you knew expressed that they were nervous about getting their senior photos taken, what advice would you give them?
The professional pictures Kathleen Murphy took of me were SO much better than the pictures my friends and I take of ourselves. It was scary and seemed weird at first, but Kathleen made me feel at ease and comfortable.
How did you decide what to wear?
I chose my favorite clothes and the things I thought I looked best in. Since I am a simple girl, I chose two looks and two types of backgrounds.
What was your favorite part of the senior photo shoot?
None of it was forced. It was easy going. My suggestions were taken by Kathleen and she made my vision even better.
What surprised you about the experience?
It was easy going and not worrisome at all. Usually, for school pictures, I have a forced smile, but I was relaxed and so my real personality showed through.
How did you decide on your location(s)?
I didn't want the basic pastures, stereotypical pictures etc. I wanted something that reflected my personality more so I told Kathleen that I wanted urban, architecture, etc. and she knew just the places to take me. She saw things in a way I didn't.
What were your favorite images from the session and why?
I picked two pictures that showed me in a way I had never seen before. I loved the way I looked in them. (the two white outfits) and then I picked two that had an amazing composition. The foreground and background, were amazing, as well as the way I was framed in them. I really like art and photography, so seeing this was really cool.
Meet Drew, a senior at Century High School. Drew and his mom arranged for his senior photos to be taken downtown on a Thursday evening. It was also "Thursday's on First" and for locals you know what that means!!! Our meeting place, usually complete with ample parking suddenly had a shortage! This led to yours truly standing in the middle of a newly vacated spot, saving it until they could snag it. Whew! Once that was settled, we took few shots down by the Zumbro River and then headed to another location to snag a skyline picture of Rochester. We capped off our tour of downtown at dusk, with twinkling lights behind him.
I love my family, cappucino cake, family hugs, giggling babies and sand under my feet....