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Teresa has known Margaret V (Cary Academy Class of 2018) for eighteen years, and as Teresa has done portraits for Margaret’s parents and her brother’s senior picture session in the summer of 2012, it only made sense for Margaret to book her senior picture session with Teresa. The two had even been talking about Margaret’s session since she was a freshman in high school. We also wanted to test using a livestream during a senior picture session, and we’re so glad that Margaret was on board. In late June, we had an official planning meeting with Margaret and her mom, Linda, to nail down what the vision for the senior picture session would be.

Senior Pictures Cary: Margaret V 2018

Almost all of Margaret’s life has revolved around education and school. The daughter of two Cary Academy teachers, dad starting in 2000 and mom starting in 2002, she grew up going to chorus and dance concerts, watching baseball games, cheering in the stands during homecoming, and riding her bike around the campus sidewalks. Margaret even jokes she learned to crawl on the quad. In school, Margaret loved dance and English classes, having danced and written stories and poetry for nearly ten years. Outside of school, Margaret sang in various community and church choirs, played on the Cary Academy varsity softball team as an outfielder, and worked at the Cary Academy Summer Programs for four years as a camp assistant.

Teresa met Margaret in early July at Cary Academy for her senior picture session. She wore a turquoise 1940s style dress that looked gorgeous against the greenery and brought out the color of her eyes. Then the group went to the library where Margaret changed into a maroon Harry Potter t-shirt, tan shorts, and white sneakers with rainbow laces, complete with Harry Potter jewelry and a wand, for some senior pictures in the fiction section as Harry Potter is her favorite book series. Then she wore a Summer Programs staff shirt from 2017 and was even on board with Teresa’s suggestion to lay upside down on the library steps. It was important for Margaret to have senior pictures of dance, so we used atmosphere spray to get some awesome pictures of her twirling in a black leotard and sheer black skirt. Lastly, we finished the senior picture session at the softball field where she wore a pink softball t-shirt and tan shorts.

Teresa selected over 50 portraits from the session to show Margaret and her parents a few weeks later. With guidance from Teresa, Margaret chose her yearbook photos, which Teresa submitted to the Cary Academy yearbook staff on her behalf. Margaret and her parents also used the studio gallery wall to sort the portraits into their favorites and some “maybes”. From these selections, they chose thirteen 5×7 prints, six 8×10 prints, and four 8×10 curved metals. Additionally, they ordered the digital files to have all of the senior pictures and video on hand to look back on in the future.

Margaret graduated in May 2018 and is headed to Oberlin College, where she plans on pursuing a double major in creative writing and gender, sexuality, & feminist studies and a minor in Chinese. She eventually would like to go to graduate school for political science and a teaching license in hopes of working with advocacy groups and schools.