The Random Writings of Rachel: Anna's Senior Pictures

Anna's Senior Pictures

She's one of my favorite people in this world.

More than merely beautiful, she's a genuinely excellent little woman. She handles the challenges of life with more grace than you would expect from many adults, let alone a 17 year old. 

Anna is naturally kind and generous--with a devilish wit that comes as a complete surprise to those who don't know her well.


She graduated high school in 2014 and her gap year (she works as a full-time nanny) is quickly coming to a close. I can't wait to see what will become of my little sister during her college years and beyond.

This was our 'art project' that we snuck in one day in the midst of homeschooling and child-watching. Photography is not a talent of mine, but when I graduated high school, my parents bought a studio package for me to get senior photos taken...because spending an afternoon at a professional photo studio sounds like mild torture to Anna, I wanted her to have some photos taken in a more comfortable atmosphere.


We put Angel in charge of all the little ones--I managed hair, makeup, poses, and the camera, while Anna picked out some of her favorite outfits and accessories.

I still wear some of the clothes and jewelry I wore in my senior photos, so my advice to her was to pick things that she genuinely liked to wear and planned on keeping in her wardrobe for a long time.


We were planning on just 3 different outfits--after getting dressed up and a new hairstyle each time, we'd head out to the parking lot, the pool, or the gardens around our apartment building to take photos wherever seemed suitable.


I asked her, "Hey, Anna, do you think that, say, a decade or two down the road, you're gonna look back at your senior photos and regret that you wore a tiara and a masquerade mask in so many of your senior pictures?"

Anna looked at me like I was an utter lunatic, "Of course not! Why would I regret it? Who wouldn't want to wear these?"

That is exactly the answer I was expecting.

A girl after my own heart.







 I love her elfin features--I love her wild curls and perpetually tan skin (somehow the result of a Dutch-Irish lineage?)--and most of all I love that she's always been contentedly herself. Peer pressure doesn't stand a chance where Anna's concerned.

As for issues of justice, you'll find her quietly fighting for the oppressed wherever they may be found.





I have met very, very few people in my life who I can honestly say embody the command to "Love your neighbors as yourself." 

She really does.

28 comments:

  1. I love the shot of her in front of the bookshelf! And the masquerade mask!

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  2. Beautiful photos, words, post.....so lovely that you took the time to make her feel so special....(your last sentences made me cry)....

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  3. You did a great job on the senior pictures, Rachel, and Anna is a very beautiful person--in appearance and, it sounds, in heart. I like her choice of outfits, and her answer about wearing the tiara and mask!

    My sister and I took senior pictures for each other.

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  4. She looks a bit like Audrey Hepburn with the tiara. Wonderful photos and post.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  5. WOW, these pictures are beautiful, what a gorgeous girl and you captured her so well! I love her outfit choices, especially the masquerade mask and tiara! I think it's so neat that she has pictures taken by her sister in a comfortable environment rather than a studio. I'm sure they will be so special to her!

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  6. Such a cutie (it feels weird to call a 17 year old a cutie). I love the picture of her reading next to the bookshelf.

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  7. These pictures are fantastic! I'm sure she's going to love having these to look back on in the years to come, and you're quite the photographer! I love that you know your siblings so well :)

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  8. your sisters are just neat! I love th little glimpses I get to see on your blog :)

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  9. These are so great. I especially love the one of her reading - she kind of looks like Audrey Hepburn in that one!

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  10. These look amazing! You both did a great job styling them. Wishing the best for Anna as she ventures on to college-land!

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  11. These are really pretty pictures. She sounds so nice!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  12. Aww that's such a beautiful tribute to your sister :) She'll go on to do great things no doubt! I love the first photos in the black polka dot dress and the mask is super fun! Glad you both had a great time and how lovely to be surrounded by such a wonderful person! Take Care Rachel and have a great one -Iva

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  13. Such beautiful pictures! I love all of the outfits she wore, especially the dresses. Sounds like a sweet time!

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  14. Very cute pictures & outfits! <3

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  15. Your sister is absolutely gorgeous, and you take such beautiful photos! Best of luck to her in all that she does! :]

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  16. How amazing, I love that you gave her a more comfortable option. Having the photos (and the memories of the day) will be priceless!

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  17. She is absolutely beautiful. I love how you described her! She sounds like a true joy to be around! That picture of her with the books behind her is incredible - she looks like Audrey Hepburn!

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  18. I'm so impressed! You did an excellent job with these pictures. She looks so much like you!

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  19. this is so grogeous-what a great job with the photos! i am also highly impressed with how confident she is in WHO she is. i was not feeling that at 17...she's owning that mask and tiara :)

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  20. What gorgeous photos! I'm sure you'll both be happy to have these photos and memories for years to come!

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  21. What gorgeous photos! I'm sure you'll both be happy to have these photos and memories for years to come!

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  22. Really love this post! It is amazing that your younger sister is amazing! I absolutely love how those photos came out! I think it is always fun to dress up and take photos, usually more meaningful if taken by a friend or family member! Spending time together is always a great idea! Thanks for sharing, really loved reading it!

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  23. Great photos and images she will appreciate looking back on later in life!

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  24. These photos are beautiful and so is your sister :) It's wonderful the two of you have such a close relationship. one should never regret wearing a tiara!

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  25. These are such great and beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Oh how fun! Taking senior photos is always such a fun time.

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  27. These are so fun—and she is most certainly related to you! :D

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