I don't market myself as a "senior photo" photographer, but when they come my way, it's often from friends with kiddos I've known for years. I met Kelsey's moms when I was a "beertender" at Stoup Brewing. They'd recently moved to Seattle and were electric rods of contagious energy that made me want to become their friend. Through gatherings, I got to know their very poised, unabashed daughter, Kelsey... She reminded me of a more confident version of myself at that age; a barista, creative, passionate, and eager to make her mark and find herself in her own town. She and I took a music writing class through the Vera Project. We'd carpool and share our prose. She was the youngest person in the group which blew my mind given her willingness to put her craft out in the world for all of us to edit and judge.
Having the opportunity to really see Kelsey through her words and now through my lens, I'm filled with an indescribable hope that the women of her generation are already badasses. Her fearlessness to enter the world of education and then adulthood as her most authentic self provides me a sigh of relief. Congratulations, Kelsey. You already make us proud. Good luck at WSU!