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We met with Riya T (Cary Academy Class of 2018) and her mom, Divya, in mid-July to talk about her senior pictures. Riya is a traveler and philanthropist through and through. With inspiration from the organization, Maiti Nepal, she is currently working on starting another organization called Steps for Freedom regarding the issues of sex trafficking in Nepal. Riya is also a skilled public speaker and debater, focusing on public forum and current events, and has competed through Cary Academy. Riya is chill, down to earth, and kind with an adaptable free spirit, and we wanted to showcase her personality as well as her culture through her senior pictures.

Senior Pictures Cary: Riya T 2018

Teresa and Riya met for her senior picture session in early August at the Kadampa Center Buddhist Temple in Raleigh. The Kadampa Center was gracious enough to allow us to photograph some of Riya’s senior pictures inside and on their grounds. Riya looked gorgeous in a dark green traditional Indian dress made by a family friend and turquoise jewelry made by her mother. We moved on to the JC Raulston Arboretum where Riya donned another white traditional Indian dress and more turquoise and silver jewelry, again made by her family friend and mother respectively. The colors looked perfect against the nature-filled background and multicolored statue at the Kadampa Center. We were lucky that Riya was brave enough to test out a new senior picture idea, floating in a baby pool filled with water and flowers, and the idea worked wonderfully with the entire nature theme in her senior picture session.

Teresa selected over 50 senior pictures from the session to show Riya and her parents a few weeks later. With guidance from Teresa, Riya chose her yearbook photos, which Teresa submitted to the Cary Academy yearbook staff on her behalf. Riya and her parents also used the studio gallery wall to sort the senior picture into their favorites and chose to order the digital files to have all of the senior pictures and video on hand to look back on in the future.

Riya graduated in May 2018 and is headed to University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she plans on pursuing a pre-med track with a double major in neuroscience and global studies, concentrated in global health in Asia, with a minor in Korean studies. Between graduating UNC and beginning medical school, she hopes to join the Peace Corps somewhere in South America or Asia, particularly Thailand.