Keller Senior Photos by Jamie Brogdon
The most special and sentimental Keller senior photos of the year, maybe even of all time, is this one right here. My first interaction with Kylar was over instagram after she won a complimentary shoot for a give away I did with bottled bronze. This little lady does it all, softball, NHS, all the things in between! Her leadership skills are top notch. She even started her own small business, Jewels by Ky! All while in high school. She applied to be on my model team and it was such an easy yes! I knew she would be such a good fit for our 2023 grad group. We finally met for her give away shoot she won, where her love for pink really took the spot light.
I didn’t know it then, but her mom wasn’t doing well when we started working together. She had been battling cancer for years and was in the hospital during our first mini shoot the spring before her senior year.
And just before her senior year had begun, she had lost her mom. Something that most high schoolers thankfully never have to experience. This was completely heart wrenching and a tremendous loss for her and her family. I was so touched when she channeled her grief into beauty by celebrating her mom through out her senior photoshoot. It was a sweet way to celebrate the life of her mom and have her be apart of her senior year / senior photoshoot.
Her grandma joined us (her mom’s mom) and it was so awesome having her there… If you know me you know I am a big fan of all things grandparents. They may or may not be my favorite people. I know this was bitter sweet meeting grandma, and while Im so thankful to have met such a wonderful woman as she, I know she was there because her mom wasn’t. Meeting the woman who raised this incredible young lady was something I looked forward to when starting to work with Kylar.
We started her spring senior photos by meeting at this beautiful light colored mirror building near downtown, and she wore those unique kelly green slacks as the first nod to her mother, as her name was also Kelly. After a quick outfit changed we hopped over to a cute colorful wall, and then headed to the parking garage for some super roll tide themed shots. I was absolutely obsessed with this look and we had way too much fun shooting it.
We moved over to the grassy field where we snagged some shots in the gorgeous white flowers in her pink dress. Which is both Kylar’s favorite color, and also the color that represents the fight against breast cancer. Another mark of her mother. We photographed a few shots of her holding a framed photo of her mom, and at this point I almost lost it.
You could feel the love for her mom, grief, relief that she isn’t suffering and longing for what could have been, all mixed together. Could have cut that tension feeling with a knife. We ended our shoot grabbing a few shots of her in her homecoming queen crown as the sun was setting. It was a perfect ending to a truly meaningful senior photoshoot.
Kylar, thank you so much for being you. I know this was one of your hardest years, and while I wish it was different for you… I know you’re going to go out there and keep pushing forward like the queen you are. Your mom was so proud of you, and I am sure if she could see you right now she would be beaming. I can’t wait to watch you spread your wings and all the great things you will do, starting in Bama Land. You got this! Love you so much!