As you know by now, I am a firm believer in documenting the important moments in life.  College graduation is one of them!

When I graduated from high school I thought I was so grown up.  I figured I would be taking the world by storm in no time, and nothing was going to get in my way.  I quickly learned that while I was a brand-new 18 year old adult, I was back at the bottom of the totem pole.  It was freshman year, and I had no clue what I was in for.

Something interrupted my college journey, my sweet son John was born before I graduated.  While I never went back to finish my degree, I can still appreciate that I was NOT the same woman that I was four years after graduating high school.  It wasn’t just a physical change, in fact there wasn’t much of a physical change.  I still looked 16 (a quality that I have learned to appreciate…although I’m looking more like 25 these days.).  You can see the “grown up” in a college graduate’s eyes.  Is it from all the late nights studying (re: partying)? Is it the weight of the student loans on their backs?  Perhaps it’s the fight you’re seeing, knowing it’s not easy to get a job these days.

It isn’t all doom and gloom.  Maybe what’s different is that they’ve seen more of the world.  They’ve gained a confidence that cannot be taught, only experienced.  A college graduate, more often than not, knows what they want in life and are ready and able to take it, instead of hoping and praying they can.

Let’s be honest, these pictures of you as a young adult will be the ones you show your grandkids some day.  When they look at you in your loafers and sweater, you’ll be able to say, “Psh, you may not believe it, but I was a looker back in the day!” And you’ll have the evidence to prove it.

…Also, a beautiful print could make a lovely thank you gift to your loved ones who supported your journey through college…I guess that’s a bit more important that showing the grandkids what’s up. 😉

-Erica, Thomas Jayne Photography

(Special thanks to Jordan Garvey of J. Garvey Photography for collaborating with me on this shoot!)