When I first met Lexi, I made note of one aspect of her personality that I wanted to remember in full: her passion. She is a girl that, while she rarely stops moving, is uniquely focused in her passions. I’m so glad she’s a part of my senior squad this year! We got to know each other as we moved from location to location, following the light as it moved westward. Lexi is graduating from Nevada Union High School, and plans on attending Sierra College to pursue Pediatric Nursing. We chatted about her career pursuits in between shots: “I’m very passionate about helping every living thing”, she said, “I want to help people, and animals, and everything in between. Right now, I do all I can to help those without any real medical need. But as I pursue my career, wherever it leads, I hope to be equipped to help anyone with any need.”
We got some beautiful pictures as we walked through the grass, the sun at Lexi’s back, and even though it was quite a warm day, we had to bust out Lexi’s big, furry coat for a little bit. It turned into one of my favorite pictures from the day! Lexi likes to keep busy, so she’s working at both the Oaks of Lake Wildwood as a server, and as a lifeguard at Pioneer Park Pool. I asked her what she does in her downtime: “Well, when I’m not at work - which most of the time I am - I enjoy reading, being anywhere near the water, and playing with my dog, Dakota. Sometimes, all three happen at once.” She goes on to say, “I asked my friends how they would describe me. They said strong-willed, witty, daring, funny, outgoing, and happy.” She wants her classmates to at least remember the last on the list, saying, “I want them to remember that, although my face may make it look like I don’t want to talk to you, I really am a nice person!” If our day-long shoot was any indicator of Lexi’s kindness, then surely her classmates will remember her for it longer than I even will.
As we sat down for a minute on a big rock to look through the photos, the hot Californian sun beating down on us, we started talking about some deeper topics. I asked Lexi who inspires her, and why. “My mother is definitely my biggest inspiration. I wouldn’t be who I am without her guidance throughout my life. She’s hard-working, strong, loving, and never fails to inspire me further every day.” Lexi has her mother to thank in helping her overcome obstacles that have come her way. She said, “Moving around in my childhood was a huge obstacle for me. I constantly had to move schools, which meant I had to leave friends behind. And each time, it meant packing up my vibrant room into boring boxes.” Yet, Lexi has become stronger through each experience, and remains confident. It’s the little things that add to her confidence. She said, “I enjoy makeup very much, and although I don’t think I need to wear it to feel beautiful, I feel extremely confident when it comes out perfectly!”. Lexi had this to say about why she chose me for her senior photos: “I saw that Lisa was one of the most popular senior photographers, and her photos on social media really got my attention. You could instantly tell she was an amazing photographer, and only takes photos that represent you. That’s why I chose Lisa, every picture she takes is a picture that is fully you.”
I wish Lexi all the best as she moves forward in her life towards her passions, remaining confident and caring. Check out her session below: