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Graduation Pictures: Fighting for the Golden Hour

Photography has always been a passion of mine. I took classes in high school & swore I was going to NYU to get a degree in it (before I realized how cold & broke I’d be; I wised up quick after that!).  I’m a pictureholic–the girl who’s annoyingly snapping away non-stop.  The one that forces her friends & family to pose for Pinterest inspired ideas & the one that will make you march back outside for a retake if the angle wasn’t right. A nuisance to many…but you can’t beat a perfect shot. To me, it’s worth all the hassle in order to have that moment so perfectly captured in time. To have something to look back on that will allow memories to flood into your mind and heart. What is better than that??

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UNC Pembroke Graduation Pictures

It is graduation season & of course, that means graduation pictures are a necessity!  I am so honored that some of my best friends asked me to take their graduation pictures.  I recently got a camera (Nikon D7200) & was SO excited to put it to use.  Pinterest became my BFF, I spent hours getting inspiration & reading camera tips preparing.

What I didn’t prepare for was waddling around at 6 months pregnant, lol. The first ones I did the end of April. You know the “April showers bring May flowers” saying? Well, it held true.  AND it was windy.  So there we were trying to beat the rain & keep her hair in place the best we could.  Luckily, it was pretty light-hearted & we got some fun/silly shots, as well!







Hailey reenacted this picture from her preschool graduation as a present for her Mom. HOW PRECIOUS!!

Hand crafted graduation cap representing her sorority & her major.  How cute is that monogrammed bow? & her DIY DNA strand? How crafty!







Always a good glitter blowing picture fan!! These were extraordinary difficult considering the wind.  But at least we got some good ones along with the bloopers!







You should have seen her run through the rain with all these books, lol. The struggle was SO real.  As I’m sure reading all that info was!







These were hilarious.  TOTAL FAIL.  But best bloopers ever.  The champagne basically just poured out everywhere rather than spraying like we hoped. Then she tried shaking its upside down & it literally just emptied.  I peed myself laughing so hard, lol.  #pregnancyprobz








The next session of graduation pictures were in the beginning of May.  Waddling a little more at this point, but at least the weather cooperated!  It was perfect May weather for pictures.  Warm but not scorching. This was my first “group” portrait pictures.  If two counts as a group, lol.  But it was fun to do interactive shots as well as individual.

I clearly have a glitter blowing obsession.  How do you just pick one?! We struggled with the champagne popping, yet again, lol.  So we gave up on that, drinking it is better anyway!

These are probably my favorites from this session. How adorable?!

Ya have to get some water feature pics for it to be a UNCP graduation.  Plus, gotta love that KD pride!

Love, love, love these!! How cute are they? College BFF goals.








Of course, we had to show off the graduation caps. DIY, of course! (Mom & Dad one by me, lol!)








Ahh, aren’t all three of them so gorgeous?!   I had a blast shooting these and am so glad I had the privilege to do so.  Even if I was waddling with a big ‘ol belly, they turned out pretty darn good, if I say so myself!