Brenden-Jeanette | Class of 2017

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”

What an exciting time when mom and son are graduating in the same year! Brenden graduated from high school on May 26, and his mom, Jeanette, will graduate from college in September. Congratulations to them both!

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Haley | Class of 2017

“You will be so many things, and the one thing that I wish I’d known and want to say is, don’t just be yourself. Be all of yourselves. Don’t just live. Be that other thing connected to death. Be life. Live all of your life. Understand it. See it. Appreciate it. And have fun.”

Mother’s Day weekend was a momentous one for me. No, I’m not a mother. No, I’m not expecting. Rather, my oldest niece graduated from West Virginia University. At 27 years old, it really made me think about how fast time has flown!

Haley went off to West Virginia three years ago, and even though she changed her major, she still graduated earlier than the typical four years at the university level. She met a great guy while there. Her and Anthony compliment each other really well. One bonus for them is that they BOTH graduated this year!

As I type this, they are in the process of starting another adventure… moving to Texas.

According to George Bernard Shaw, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

Like so many other adults, they are moving on, growing up, changing. I’m so proud of their accomplishments and am so excited for them. They will go places. Literally.   🙂

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Troy | Class of 2017

“I will always be me… but when it comes time to step out onto that field, me gets a little more serious, a little more dedicated, and nobody stands in my way.”

I was so excited when Naomi, Troy’s mom, contacted me about taking his senior photos! Three years ago (that’s hard to believe), I took his brother’s senior photos. I’ve had the pleasure of also photographing Naomi and her husband’s vow renewal celebration. I enjoy working with this family because they are all so, so nice. They are a joy to be around.

We met in Wilmington on a beautiful, sunny day. Fortunately for all of us, it wasn’t in the 40’s like it was the day prior! It was nice getting caught up while also taking photos throughout the downtown area. When we finished up with our ‘urban’ setting, we ventured to the high school in order to capture some baseball shots too. Let me tell you all, it was quite the adventure for me when I arrived at the baseball field. If my self-confidence was hurting, it would have raised a few points that day when I managed to squeeze through a fence! I’m sure that was a sight to see! Thanks to Troy and Naomi for assuring me I wouldn’t get stuck! Haha!

Troy will be graduating this month, and he is really looking forward to it. He plans to study architecture at Southern Illinois University. I’m sure he will do very well. Good luck on your future endeavors, Troy! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.

Taylor | Class of 2017

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”    – Henry David Thoreau

It was a blast talking with Taylor and her mom, Danel, during her session. They are very much alike… easy-going, upbeat personalities. We met on a surprisingly chilly day, and I really felt for Taylor. She was such a trooper wearing shorts for her first two outfits. You would never know it was in the 40’s that day looking at the pictures!

Taylor will be graduating from high school in June. This is an exciting time for any senior, but this is extra special for Taylor. She skipped her junior year of high school and will be graduating a year early. Talk about an accomplishment! She has been accepted at Purdue University, where she will pursue a degree in civil engineering. In talking with them both, I learned that she has had her heart set on this goal since middle school. Seeing and hearing how dedicated and determined she is, I know she will go places in life! I wish her the best of luck! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Taylor!

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.