Category Archives: senior

Sam | Senior Session

I have two favorite things when it comes to Senior Sessions. One is that I get to really see their personalities & thoroughly enjoy hearing their current activities. Sometimes it’s hearing about their favorite movie or a recent family trip they took. Sometimes it’s their part time job or their favorite pet. The other thing is that I get to hear about their future goals. Whether it’s going to Heartland, going straight into a job or internship or competing at the next band competition, I LOVE hearing all about it.

And the same was with Sam’s session! He’s so talented, so kind & so thoughtful with the words that he says. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him. Each senior session, I always walk away wishing that it could have gone longer AND being so excited for that particular senior. And again, that happened with Sam.

I’m excited for what the Lord has for you Sam! I had fun hanging out with you & wish you the very best for your last few months of high school!

    

Zack | Class of 2017 Senior Session

Meet Zack 🙂 Class of 2017 & someone I’ve watched over the past 8 1/2 years become the amazing young man he is. Zack’s passion is music & he’s super involved with playing his guitar at our church, on the adult & youth worship teams. He’s competed in the Fine Arts Festival program & is pretty excited about being Snoopy in Calvary’s “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. He’s a busy guy & that’s just the few of the many things I know he does!

I was so excited about incorporating Zack’s love of music in his session. The urban setting we chose fit so perfectly for this part of the shoot!

Walking around Uptown Normal, Zack & I talked about his upcoming senior trip to Florida that he’s pretty excited, play practice & how cold it was outside 😉

I remember watching Zack in Junior High youth group when I was a youth leader & now I get to see him use his talents on Sunday mornings as he leads our church family in worship. Crazy how time has flown 🙂

This is one of my personal favorites!

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Zack, I’m so proud of you. You’ve made choices that honored the Lord & I know He’s leading you in the steps you take & the decisions you make. You are loved by so many & we’re ALL so excited to see where the years & roads take you on. Just keep your eyes on our Savior & you’ll always hear His voice.

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Nomi Photography Senior Experience

It’s a special in your life. Just a few more months to go & you’ll be graduating from high school & moving on into what the future has for you.

So your mom says it’s time to think about senior pictures. It’s time to decide who you’ll choose to photograph you, what to wear & all that jazz.

Now imagine me (Hello!) waving BOTH my arms up in the air & waving “OOoooooo! Pick me, PICK ME!!!” Yes! Now that I have your attention 😉 Let me share WHY I love doing senior pictures & how I go about it.

You, me & a parent/guardian will meet up. Just for a half hour maybe & chat. I’ll probably say a few corny jokes, show you a million pictures of my adorable daughter & we’ll get to know each other 🙂 I’ll want to hear about YOU. Your passions, what you love to do, what you don’t love to do. What things describe YOU & what would really say “THIS IS YOU” within a photo.

Why? Because I believe that YOUR senior pictures should be you. Not funny awkward poses that make it look like you’re all bent in weird contortions. Not using the same locations that a hundred other seniors have used. I want to capture YOU. And where YOU love to hangout & just be.

Do you love horses? Great! Let’s work that out. Do you have a pet you’d like in your photo’s? Bring them! (I’m a little scared of snakes though! 😉 ) Are you a huge fan of Starbucks? Ummm, we can TOTALLY work that in your session! Play an instrument? Love Tae-Kwon-Do? ALL of these things (except the snake 😉 ) I’ve made happen because a senior I’ve photographed has wanted to bring it into their session because it was THEM.

Why do I do this? Well, to quote Dr. Seuss…

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Let’s take photographs you’ll love for forever. Photographs that look like YOU & are YOU. And you know what? I can promise you, no one else will have photos like you because, “there is no one alive who is youer than you!” Email me at naomi@nomi-photography.com for more details, any questions & we will begin the Nomi Photography Senior Experience!!! (If you’d like to view senior sessions I’ve done before, just use the search bar on the right side of my blog here & type the word “senior” to view them!)

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Emily | Senior Session

Before Emily’s senior session, I had a phone date with her mom. Emily & I had not met yet & immediately, my admiration for this amazing girl grew as her mom described her to me. “She sings, plays the piano, does cross country, Relay for Life…we think she’s pretty amazing.” Emily’s mom told me. My thoughts were confirmed when Emily had our Skype date just a few days later. She was calm, poised & I couldn’t wait for her senior session!

It was a little chilly the Saturday we met up, but Emily was a trooper! We floated from one location to the other & talked about shoes, Shellac nails, college, Relay for Life, the future & how she’s in an acapella group. Emily is simply gorgeous. And I know you’ll agree with me as you look through these images!

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Emily- you’re SO beautiful!!!

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Personal fav of mine!

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Emily, it was a joy to photograph you as you enter into a new season of life. I think you’re pretty amazing & I know many others do. Keep reaching for the best & giving it your all girl! We’re cheering you on!

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Cambry | Senior Session

Oh Cambry 🙂 I was SO excited when your mom contacted me about doing your senior pictures!!! For the last like 6 years, I’ve watched you grow into such a beautiful young lady. I’d see you at Pastor’s Kids Retreat & at other district youth events, & each time I realized you were coming closer & closer to the door of not being just a teen anymore, but a young woman 🙂

I admire many things about you Cambry. I know you love Jesus with all your heart & you desire & strive to keep Him first. You have a beautiful voice & can lead worship on your guitar like no one else I’ve seen. And speaking of beautiful, you ARE beautiful. Your long hair & eyes, man, killer! I love how you carry yourself & how you don’t hangout with just the “cool kids” but anyone who you see needs a friend. You have amazing leadership abilities & I look forward to seeing those developed in you even more as you continue to blossom. And I love your heart. Your heart that I’ve see in the years while I’ve seen you become who you are today & your heart that I got to hear talk & share your future plans during your senior session.

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BEAUTIFUL!

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I told Cambry to show me her “A Game” face for these shots. She totally nailed it 😉

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One day I’ll be able to point out your album Cambry & say “I took that girl’s senior pictures!”

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She liked to make me laugh during her session 😉

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Oh Cambry, the Lord’s anointing is all over you. Don’t take that for granted. And don’t believe it just because people tell you. Seek after Him & all your ways will be made straight. He will never leave you nor forsake. Go after Him girl. Go after ALL that He has for you. Don’t hold back. And He will give you the desires of your heart & surprises & adventures you never dreamed of.

I think you’re pretty special girl 🙂 I THOROUGHLY enjoyed my time with you & it was a true HONOR to take your senior pictures.

Love you girl!
From one fellow PK to another 😉

 

Jacob | Senior Session

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Friends, Jacob here has class. Class as in how he acts, dresses & carries himself. We met up a couple Wednesday afternoon’s ago & spent time in Uptown Normal & one of my favorite local parks to get some of those beautiful fall colors.

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Jacob is musically talented. He not only plays the keyboard but he’s a pretty mean saxophone player. Thus all the pictures of him & his loyal instrument 🙂

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He’s got a sense of humor that he pulled out every once & awhile 😉

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And if you really want to see him smile, ask him about his nickname “J-Wow” 😉

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Thank you Jacob for hanging out with me & putting up with all my dumb jokes 😉 I’m SUPER excited about your plans to Evangel University & I know the Lord is going to guide & bless your steps. And someday I just know I’ll be able to say that I took your senior pictures when you become a famous saxophone player & have your own albums out 😉

 

Waverly | Senior Session

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Really? I mean, really Waverly? Do you not know how BEAUTIFUL you are? Seriously friends. I know I shared with my first preview of this young lady that this lady shines not only from the outside but the inside as well & it’s SO true.

I feel like it was not long ago that Waverly was just coming into Junior High & I was a youth leader at youth group at our church. I watched her & loved her spunk, smile & how she would also get quiet & observe things. Now as a senior, Waverly is a busy girl! She plans on going into nursing & is already pursuing that by being at the hospital several days a week. She has a part time job, is involved in many activities including volunteering at church in nursery & basically whatever else we can get her to say yet too 😉 Because she’s just that AH-MAZING. She serves with her whole heart. And I LOVE talking to her! When you talk to her, she listens with her whole self. You feel special when you’re around Waverly Adams.

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Waverly loves sunflowers. She brought a long a bouquet to her session & look what happened!

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A butterfly was flying around us & we got it to go on the sunflowers!!!!!!!!! So YES this butterfly IS real & not a prop & YES that excited face of Waverly’s is completely genuine 😉

Waverly, I just had too much fun with you. I wish we could do senior pictures together every weekend 😉

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And of course, we had to snap a few photo’s of her & her mom 🙂

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Waverly, I’m so proud of you. Seriously. I love how you have grown & matured & the cool thing is, this is just the beginning. You are entering a new season & I for one will be watching & cheering you on. Keep shining for the Lord. He will make your paths straight. I’m a fan of you beautiful girl!!!!!

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Cameron | Senior Session

When Cameron emailed me to take his senior photo’s, he said “I would be ecstatic” if I would be able to do them. And I wrote back & said, “I would be ecstatic to take them!” 😉 Just our first communication via email made me excited to meet Cameron! Plus, I had taken his older sister Lauren’s senior pictures & they had been a blast 🙂

Cameron is super talented & involved in many different things. One of my goals in senior sessions to incorporate those things is special to each senior & for Cameron it was his guitar, baseball, 4-H a few other things!

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One of Cameron’s dreams is to go to UCLA at some point in his college career. As we talked about locations for his session, I was totally on board with using a local park for part of his session but I didn’t feel like it was entirely capturing Cameron & his dreams. It finally hit me that we should do the second half of his session on the top of a parking garage! I wanted to have the city sky-line in the background & really showcase this season in Cameron’s life as he graduates from high school & continues to pursue his goals. He was TOTALLY on board for the parking garage portion & I was even more excited for his session! I had the song “The City is Yours” from the Annie soundtrack stuck in my head while we were up there 😉 –

This is just the start of your story
If you got guts you get glory
Anyone can make it even you
And now’s the time you gotta stand tough
Cause if you work hard you can rise up
Anyone can make it even you
So take it all, the city’s yours, it’s worth fighting for, it’s all yours
So take it all, the city’s yours, it’s worth fighting for, it’s all mine, it’s all yours

Cameron, I’m super excited for you in pursuing your dreams! You can make it! Thank you for such a memorable session! You’re an awesome guy & well loved by many. I pray the Lord guides your dreams & your future 🙂

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I LOVE this bag the Cameron designed & made himself! And it’s made out of soda tops!

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A personal favorite of mine 🙂

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Zach | Senior Session

Yesterday, Noah’s senior session was featured on my blog & today, you can meet his older brother Zach! Zach’s session was just two days after his brother’s & I totally enjoyed hanging out with him! Both boys were so fun to spend time with!

Zach has a fun & creative side to him & I loved focusing on that during his session. Zach has been a lifeguard for several years & has played guitar for quite a long time too. I loved that Zach had a couple poses he wanted to incorporate in the session! He’d say, “What about taking a picture over here…” I loved that! I think one of my favorite things that happened in his session was when he walked down the middle of the street in Uptown Normal! Cool stuff 😀 Zach definitely has a fun style & I think this session really captures his personality & who he is!

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Zach, you’ve got a lot going for you. But remember, you’ll never go wrong as long as you listen for the Lord’s voice & follow Him. I think you’re an awesome guy & I know the Lord has a great plan for you!

Noah | Senior Session

Noah is just a super nice, thoughtful guy. Easy going & really easy to talk too. And really smart too! Noah is graduating this spring a couple years before he even needs too 🙂 We had his entire senior session at McGraw Park & I enjoyed getting to talk to him & hear about his interests & stuff he likes to do. Which include taking a Japanese class at Heartland! (Isn’t that awesome?!)

Meet Noah!

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That picture on the right is a favorite of mine 🙂

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Noah’s family has two beautiful retrievers, Pazel & Zahavi. They’re gorgeous, friendly dogs & we had a lot of fun trying to get them to look at the camera 😉 As you can see, it was a lot of work haha 🙂

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But it happened!

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Noah, congrats on this new journey you’re embarking on! I know if you give your plans to the Lord & listen for His leading, your plans will succeed. All the best Noah!

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