I was so tickled to be asked to photograph Miss Ava on the occasion of her completing her home education through eighth grade. I just love celebrating this stage of childhood and entering-into-young-ladyhood! What a perfect way to commemorate this time of life! We wanted to have the portraits be classic as well as fun, and I think we achieved that with the classic colors, but fun patterns and pop of color.
The very special gift in these portraits is the string of pearls Ava is wearing with the black dress. Being home schooled Ava had some extra time in the day and regularly visited, and became friends with a resident of the retirement home next door to her house. When the friend recently passed away at over 100 years old, her strand of pearls was given to Ava. A reminder of the pearls of wisdom passed from someone very old to someone very young.