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Lilli’s Senior Portraits: Beauty, Determination, & Joy


Every individual I have the privilege of capturing through my lens brings a unique story to life. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing Lilli, a vibrant and driven high school senior whose inner joy and unwavering determination for her future shone brightly throughout our session.

Lilli will be graduating from Kaneland High School in the spring and attending Kishwaukee Community College to pursue a career in the Emergency Management field. Throughout our session, it became apparent to me that she is truly enjoying her senior year, while also focusing on and preparing for the future.

She's an exceptional young woman who effortlessly balances her academic responsibilities with her commitment to softball. A devoted athlete, Lilli plays softball for Kaneland High School as well as travel softball. She is passionate about the sport, and an invaluable asset to the teams she has been a part of. She will continue to play softball at Kishwaukee Community College, and share her talents with her new teammates.

Our session took place amongst the gorgeous fall leaves and greenery. The natural scenery was the perfect backdrop for our senior session. Lilli chose adorable outfits that were neutral and photographed well, but still had so much personality. I loved her spunky cowboy boots!

Lilly was absolutely delightful to photograph. She has the most gorgeous smile and she just radiates joy. I truly enjoyed the time we spent together, and I felt it was such an honor to capture her determination and beauty through my camera lens.

Lilli’s mom, Adrianna, is a recent graduate from Columbia College of Missouri. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology and will be continuing to pursue art therapy. It was an honor to celebrate these accomplished, hard working women by creating images of them together with their graduation attire. What a wonderful way to celebrate two generations of graduates with photos they can cherish for a lifetime.

I'm incredibly thankful to Lilli's mom Adrianna, for such kind words about her and Lilli's experience:

"Michelle is holistically an entire experience from consultation to receiving the pictures. When I think about my experience I feel connected and happy that we had a great collaboration. She saw the best side of my daughter and captured her greatest moments. When we reviewed the pictures I had an overwhelming sense of gratitude that these sweet moments were captured forever. The way she edited them was smooth and she enhanced the process with her sparkling soul. We are grateful for the professional pictures, the quality of the products, and for gaining a friend who will accept us as we are. Thank you Michelle for making our moments professional and wonderful."


I feel grateful every day to tell snippets of remarkable stories like Lilli’s. Her drive and enthusiasm are not just inspiring but also a testament to the incredible journey that lies ahead for her. Wishing you all the success and joy in your future endeavors, Lilli!


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