I had a great photoshoot with recent SFSU graduate Ashley. She and her parents wanted some photographs to commemorate her achievement, and of course, I was thrilled to be a part of it!
Graduation shoots are a wonderful way to ritualize what is a very big moment of transition in many of our lives. Speaking personally, I wish that I had partaken in some sort of ritual to mark the occasion of my graduation. For timing reasons, I did not walk in my school's graduation ceremony, and while I don't at all miss not having sat in a hard plastic chair for 5 interminable hours, I do wish that I had known of a way to pay tribute to all of the hard work I had done, and acknowledge that I was now moving on, and into young adulthood.
Graduation can be a really scary time. For many, it is the last shelter of childhood, and as we receive our diploma, we, and all the rest of our culture recognize that it is now time to "grow up." This can be nerve-wracking, even as it is exciting. It's a great time to take stock, take pride, and say to everyone "I did it!"
I adore the inherent symbolism of photos taken by moving water: we chose Sutro Baths, as Ashley had spent a lot of time hiking the trail to the Legion of Honor, where we ended. I think the images will tell you the rest of the story pretty well!