It's Graduation Season!
Whether you're graduating from pre-school, high school or college, graduations are a record of progress; a long ribbon of accomplishments pinned first on the graduate then extended secondhand to the parents, siblings and friends. No matter how long you plan to live, your history will contain more birthdays than graduations, and the quality that makes a graduation stand out, despite its limited appearance per lifetime, is the fact that you’re being celebrated for something you’ve accomplished all on your own.
Nobody congratulates you on your birthday for the intense hours you’ve poured into growing your body by a year in the previous months; as long as there is life, birthdays will continue to be happy, anticipated accidents. But as for graduating, nothing is guaranteed. Some die, some fail, some drop out, some are expelled. Each graduation should be celebrated as the last stage of Pokémon Go, or an appearance in the final scene of Hunger Games where the bad guys burn and you, the good guys and gals, win.
Consider the endless class hours, the pointless assignments, the social media peer wars, the scandals you helped start and others you quelled, the grades you amassed, the weary sight of the bus that picked and dropped you off, the sick days, the time somebody shut a locker so hard your favorite earphones were destroyed, detention… these are your war wounds.
None of it will ever be remembered for how hard it was if you do not have professionally created photographic memories of the day. You own those hours and the work you put in. Capture that once in a lifetime event, by calling Tamieka Smith at (571) 250-5073 to document your wonderful history.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.