seniors

Mary E. Senior Session — Sebring High School Senior Photography — Sebring, FL

It's full on summer. Like, I am currently sitting in a vacation condo overlooking the shimmering Gulf of Mexico as the sun makes its way towards the crisp western horizon. Heaven. School is out, VBS' are on and all of Caroline Maxcy Photography's Class of 2015 grads have donned their caps and gowns and are prepping for the next big step in their journey on the not so distant horizon. Whether they are planning to head off to amazing colleges (like my alma mater, Florida State University!) or setting off to explore this big ole planet, I am delighted to have been able to get to know these seniors and take part in their story for a wee bit with my camera in hand.

Over the next few days I'll introduce you to each of the 2015 grads I had to joy of photographing this past year. I started things off last fall with the lovely Gabi and you can check out her full session on my blog (complete with some killer poolside and underwater swimming pics) by clicking here. And today you get to meet Mary E. Mary is an evident leader and a truly fun and encouraging personality to be around. Her smile is electric and her sense of style was something to marvel at (I almost asked to borrow her last outfit of my own engagement session.) Thanks for having me Mary! And I wish you the best of luck in your big bright future!

xoxo, Caroline

Laura's Senior Sesh — Lake Placid, FL Senior Photography

Just wrapped up editing this gorgeous Senior Session complete with a REAL LIVE Brahman Bull and a full on dip in the lake at sunset. Plus I got to spend the afternoon with one of the sweetest families I know who actually "won" this gift session in the silent auction at Lyndsey's Wish Jeans & Jewels event last fall. Congrats to the Wheelers! And Congrats to the super sweet and stunning 2014 Lake Placid Graduating Senior, Laura!

xoxo,
Caroline

Rachel's Senior Sesh — Sebring, FL Senior Photography

Rachel Patterson. This girl. <3

When I moved back to Florida just over 3 years ago I dropped my things off in Sebring and the next day hopped on a plane to Mexico with about 40 folks from my home church, Bible Fellowship Church. And in that crew was, you guessed it, the little miss Rachel Patterson. Who knew that this complete stranger, the pastor's daughter, would become one of my absolute favorite people. The girl still tells the story to this day, "You know Carrie, I really didn't like you when I first met you…" "Yes, Rachel we have gone over this. I know." I am not quite sure what she didn't like about me. I mean, what's not to like?!? 

Ok, so you should probably know if we ever do have a conversation, I am a rather sarcastic person; my whole family is (except for maybe my mom, she tries…). My sarcasm is especially heightened when you pair me up with the Queen of All Sarcasm my dear cousin, Bianca. And you guessed it again, Bianca and I were in full force on this trip. That maaaaybe could have rubbed that little lady the wrong way. Although I am sure she could share with you the "real story" in full detail as to her disdain. All that to say, she totally LOVES me now. I eventually won her over with my wit and charm and especially great advice. This is an extra good thing considering I have been her youth group leader for coming up on 3 years now. 

We have studied the word of God on quilts on the church lawn for two solid years. We have worshiped together side by side lifting our voices with our ukuleles in hand all the way from the BFC sanctuary to a dormitory for special needs children at an orphanage in Mexico. We have journeyed to women's bible conferences, nursing homes, to Mexico and back… twice. I have prayed for her daily. I have walked by her side. I have heard her heart. I have watched her grow. I have watched her lead. This girl is the real deal. Rachel is the rock of our youth group and the core of our worship team at BFC. She is a leader through and through and does it all with a genuine openness, a contagious smile and a gentle heart. And this isn't even saying anything about this girl's undeniable musical gifting. She is blessed beyond imagining.

The more and more I talk about this young lady the more and more I realize how big the hole in my heart will be when she is gone. Even though I may not have "disliked" Rachel when I first met her, we did just start out as mere acquaintances. I can now say I have grown to love the girl too. Which makes this particular senior session a little bittersweet. 

She is going… soon.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…" (Matthew 28:19)

While I have been here pouring into Rachel's life, along with a handful of other extraordinary folks, I have been learning first hand what it means to make disciples. Who knew that "go" for me would mean coming home? 

And while as a leader Rachel too has been pouring into lives at home now she is planning to go, just as His word has instructed. She is going to do extraordinary things. I am so sure of this because out of all the things this little lady is gifted in (music, leadership, friendliness, incredible hair and on and on) the most amazing thing I have watched happen in her life over the past 3 years is that that she has allowed the hand of God to shape it. She has studied His word with fervency and has allowed it to change her life. She has remained obedient even when it was hard. She has made tough decisions in the face of adversity. She has honored her God. And I have no doubt that she will continue to do that for the years to come no matter what this world may bring her.

Rachel is an idea person. She's creative, a dreamer and determined all wrapped up into one, and I absolutely adore these things about her. About a year ago when Rachel and I started talking about her senior photos she had an idea, a painted piano in a field. Most people just thought it was a crazy idea, especially her dad who would more than likely be moving the piano. (Have you ever tried to move a piano? Those suckers are h-e-a-v-y.) But you can only imagine the visions of photo-session-lovliness that were already taking shape in my head. This was totally going to happen. Come November 25th we arrived out in the most gorgeous field with the most magical breeze and a team of strong fellas (including Rachel's dear dad and brother too) to move the blush pink painted piano to just the right spot amidst the tall grass. Voila. Senior Session Dreaminess in full effect!

Thank you Rachel for allowing me to be a part of your life, a part of your growing and a part of your super amazing senior photo session! I can't wait to see what the Lord does with your life and in all that the "going" brings!

xoxo,
Caroline

P.S. Thanks go out to Michelle Trinder Cathey for your makeup and styling magic, to Stella & Dot Stylist Lindsey Lovett for loaning us some of your gorgeous Stella & Dot jewelry for the shoot. And we can't forget a special thanks to our "muscle" Todd, Seth and Conner for helping our vision of a piano in a field come together (without too much complaining over delayed fishing adventures.)

Talk about a sweet dad...

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And we even snuck in a mini-family session while we were at it. I mean, why not take advantage of a beautiful day, a magical breeze and a happy, handsome family all in one place. I <3 those Pattersons!

Credits:
Makeup and Styling
- Michelle Trinder Cathey
Jewlery - Stella & Dot (stylist, Lindsey Lovett) (http://www.stelladot.com/sites/lindseyalovett)
Lovely Photo Assistant and Rachel's BFF - Lyndsey Reck

Happy Graduation Madison! — Sebring, FL Senior Photography

Last but certainly not least for my Class of 2013 Seniors I share with you all images from my session with the lovely Madison (and crew). Madison reminds me a lot of myself in high school keeping herself busy as a bee with a whole slew of activities on and off campus. But one thing that is evident about this girl is that she seems to always carve out time for the most important things in life by cultivating family ties and solid bonds between friends.

When I pulled onto the family horse farm for Madison's session, six people and a pup poured out the door to join the shoot. One friend was there to simply help with styling and props, two others were there to actually hop in a shot or two and mom and dad were there... well because they evidently adored their daughter and it would have been physically impossible for them to stay away and hold back their proud ooos and ahhs. When the sun dipped below the horizon before we could wrap up all our planned shots we had to finish things up on another day where two completely new people, Madison's boyfriend and brother, joined the shoot. Between Madison's friends and family (and pup) there were seven folks joining Madison on her shoot to celebrate, honor and love this incredible girl during such an exciting time in life. Thank you Madison (and crew) for letting me into your world to capture a bit of the love you all share! And good luck Madison in what the future holds for you at The University of Florida and beyond!

xoxo,
Caroline

 

Happy Graduation Colton! — Avon Park, FL Senior Photography

As the oldest of two Colton is the first born through and through. Focus, determined and talented, with a quiet confidence about him, the guy seems to excel at most anything he does. He makes news on the baseball team, shines as the lead singer in his church youth band and makes his momma all around proud as he grows into an incredible young man. I could expect nothing less of him in front of the camera on our two part shoot from the ball field to the 10 acre family homestead. He was a natural and knew exactly what he wanted out of his senior images where his focus, determination and complexity shines through.

Every once in a while I convinced Colton to flash that genuine smile of his but it wasn't until his full grown golden retriever, Yeller, piled onto his lap at the end of the shoot that the "boy" broke through. How can a boy (or man, or anyone for that matter) hold back a grin with a giant, happy-go-lucky dog trying to fit in their lap? 

Thanks Colton for being such a gentleman and for allowing me to follow you around with my camera for a bit. Goodluck in what the future brings!

Happy Graduation Kassie! — Lake Placid, FL Senior Photography

Today this lovely gal, Kassie, walked across the graduation stage, and even though I wasn't there to see it I can guarantee you that it was with a poise and grace like no other. Just a year ago if you were to look at my client list and bookings you would have found maybe two entries from the town of Lake Placid, FL. But in the past year I feel like I have spent more time in the town of LP with it's charming people than anywhere else. And I am loving it. You see when my brother snatched up one of Lake Placid's most darling gals as his bride last year our family also got ushered into a community of some of Central Florida's finest folks. Don't get me wrong, I seriously love my "big city" of Sebring and its people but head south on HWY 27 just 20 minutes down the road and you feel like you've stepped out of time and back to a small town type of community where roots run deep, real deep, fellas tip their hats with genuine "how-do-you-dos" and local bonds are thicker than ever. The heart of small town USA is thriving here.

Kassie is one of LP's cream-of-the-crop gals. I had seen her in passing from time to time over the past year. I mean, how could you miss such a gorgeous girl who seemed to always wear a smile. But not until I hopped into the car with her and her boyfriend, Brad, heading off to our shoot together did I really get to know this young woman. Kassie and Brad were truly sweeter than sweet and after two hours of shooting (and a 30 minute drive out to a gorgeous pasture in Venice, FL) the girl was still rocking the camera with that stunner smile (I think her few pageant crown's helped here). She is a beautiful young woman through and through. 

We shot until the sun had long dipped below the oaks along the horizon before starting out on the 30 minute drive back towards Lake Placid. In the back seat of the car with a camera card full of breathtaking images I got to hear a bit of the hearts of these two young folks about to head out on the next leg of their journey (not too far from home) and I got to share a bit of my own. Really, God, this is the job you have given me? Thank you.

Truly, thank you.

xoxo,
Caroline

Happy Graduation Kevin! — Sebring, FL Senior Photography

Now as a youth small group leader to a pretty awesome group of girls at my church I tend to get tunnel vision. Typically when people mention names of the guys in youth group I give back a blank stare. The boys just aren't on my radar. Sorry fellas. I'm working on it. So when I showed up for Kevin's Senior photos I knew very little about the guy. I did however know his name (because he is the brother of one of my youth girls and the son of a couple I have done ministry with from time to time.) But after spending a bit of time with the guy that included plenty of gentlemanly "yes ma'ams", a hug for his mom as she began to tear up, sitting on the grass with him as he explained his favorite verse (Isaiah 40:31) and complete (and happy, might I add) cooperation (even with over 2 hours of shooting) his heart became quite evident to me. Kevin is the definition of a great guy and a godly young man, and I can't wait to see where this journey takes him. Happy Graduation, Kevin! 

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:31