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Ziyana G (Cary Academy Class of 2018) contacted us about her senior pictures in mid-July, so we met with her and mom, Annette, and learned more about what she was looking for.

Senior Pictures Cary: Ziyana G 2018

A performer at heart, Ziyana has taken part in the chorus program at Cary Academy, Step Team, and worked as a counselor for the Justice Theater Company, where she taught arts to underprivileged children. She is outgoing, sassy, strong, powerful, and passionate. Ziyana is an empathetic community leader, showcased through affinity groups and clubs. For her senior pictures, she wanted to display her personality and for the senior pictures to be creative, urban, and out-of-the-box.

Teresa met Ziyana and her family for her senior pictures in mid-August in downtown Durham. We loved the Durham Civil Rights Mural, created by Brenda Miller Holmes, and knew it would be perfect for Ziyana’s senior pictures. She rocked it in a white top, blue overall shorts, and red sneakers. Ziyana’s sister was on scene with us, helping Ziyana pose and even joined in for a few of the senior pictures. Ziyana also wore a multicolored dress with a unique pattern; a pair of blue jeans, a red bomber jacket, a white top, and brown heels; and a blue and white dress with gold heels. Every outfit looked amazing against the brick backgrounds, and Teresa managed to get some pictures while lying in a puddle to get the full length reflection. The next day, we met with Ziyana again in downtown Durham where Ziyana looked stellar in a black ruffle top and yellow pants, as well as a magenta top and white shorts. We were excited to bring so much color and creativity into this senior picture session!

Teresa selected over 50 senior pictures from the session to show Ziyana and her parents a few weeks later. With guidance from Teresa, Ziyana chose her yearbook photos, which Teresa submitted to the Cary Academy yearbook staff on her behalf. Ziyana and her parents also used the studio gallery wall to sort the portraits into their favorites and some “maybes”. From these selections, they chose to order two canvases, a matted and framed picture, and a set of cards. Additionally, they ordered the digital files to have all of the senior pictures and behind-the-scenes video on hand to look back on in the future.

Ziyana graduated in May 2018 and is headed to Agnes Scott College in the fall, where she plans on studying mass communications and international relations. After she finishes her five year program, which includes a masters program, she hopes to intern at the United Nations in Europe and help develop research to create a more peaceful world.