The second day was a special day: a small shoot for Jocelyn, Shaina, Sarah and Karina.  You know... the more time goes by, the shorter the time between events tends to feel.  I notice this to be true as I reflect on the first moments I met each of them as freshmen, whilst now joyfully seeing them as seniors of their class.  Since then, a lot has changed.  Two of the four are sticking around for another year for various reasons.  One will be receiving her teaching credential and moving home to teach young kiddos English and life struggles, and the other will be starting a career in the Construction Management industry.... Woohoo!

First few key memories:

  • Having Shaina and Sarah over for dinner as freshmen (Loco Mocos cuz HA-Y-N) in exchange for a hand of bananas. Mmm... Bananas.
  • Jocelyn derping... Yeah nothing has changed.
  • Karina.... asking a billion questions as I washed dishes at ye olde Meatlocker (one of the ministry houses back in the day)...

Anyway, I started the day by picking up Jocelyn and Sarah on my way to campus on a wonderfully sunny Sunday morning.. Jocelyn had forgotten her hard hat at home so we doubled back to grab it.  Yes... CM folk wear hard hats instead of grad caps during Poly's graduation ceremony.  We arrived on campus and had to wait for a little bit for Shaina and Karina to arrive.  In the mean time, Jocelyn wanted to do some individual shots as Sarah had previously taken portraits with another photographer-friend.  So Jocelyn and I did just that.  Here's some of the fun.

Shaina and Karina arrived fashionably on time.  Our first stop was the rose garden off of California, which is quickly turning into my go-to spot on campus.  The next few hours were full of laughter and smiles.  Cloud cover was spotty but there was shade aplenty thanks to a few well-placed trellises and shade trees.

Afterwards, we decided to walk around the business building and surrounding area... and then headed over to the Cochett Education Building.  One of 'em reaaaaaally wanted to stop by the steps in the business building... and we did.  Ha.

Annnd... second to last, this gem of a spot near the architecture building.  Slats of dark grainy wood and beautiful people. Good times.

And then...

Congratulations Jocelyn, Shaina, Sarah and Karina!  I and many others have been blessed by your friendship over the past few years in SLO.  I'm excited to hear about the big things that will be taking place in your lives over the next few years, and more.

What was learned...

  • Shade shade shade shade shade...
  • Good friends = good photos...
  • 70-200mm f/2.8 is quickly becoming my favorite go-to lens for portraits, though I do enjoy using the 14-24mm f/2.8 for shots that include buildings as backdrops.

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