You know when you are having a down day….and you need to hear just the right thing to make it all better?
Well Madeline and her mom Lisa did that for me! I met them for our pre-session consult at Starbucks and mom was SO excited to get Madeline’s senior portraits done, and gave me some praise which made my day. Madeline, who was up for it, but certainly not as enthusiastic seemed to get more excited once we started talking more. After our session, I think she realized how much fun it could be getting all pretty and having your picture taken.
We had a great time, and I would love for you to get to know Madeline a bit more. She is as sweet as can be and I wish her luck in the big city next fall!
What has been your proudest moment in high school so far?
My proudest moment in high school probably would’ve been at my very last track banquet where I received my captain’s plaque and my track team’s ‘fighting bear’ award, which typically goes to someone who embodies the spirit and ability of a Lake Zurich Bear. I spent every year in high school on my team and put in a lot of effort so I was really honored to have that recognized.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Lots! I’m pretty much a fan of anything C.S Lewis ever said. I also think everyone should hear and live by Dr. Suess’s “Be who you are and say what you feel, because the people that mind don’t matter, and the people that matter don’t mind.” That quote has been very important to me and I’m sure will be the rest of my life!
What is your dream job?
Even though I’m going into an industry that is really crazy and at times superficial (film industry), my ultimate dream is to be able to make movies that are widely distributed and that carry important messages. In a weird way, people who make movies have a unique opportunity to help people whether it be with comedy, an inspiring story, or simply a story that people can relate to. If I can tell these stories and actually make a living, that would be incredible. If I won an Oscar and got to meet movies legends, well, that wouldn’t be so bad too. But, those would be the extra perks.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
This is a really hard question because there are so many places I want to go! However, one of the places I need to go to before I die is Okinawa, Japan. It’s a somewhat smaller rural village where the people there live simply. The coolest thing about this though is that it’s considered to be one of the happiest places on earth, or at least in a global study the people there reported to be the happiest in the world. I would have a lot of fun just spending time there and getting to know the locals so I could try and figure out why they’re so happy!
What are your plans after high school?
I’ll be studying Digital Cinema at Columbia College Chicago and I’ll be living on campus in the loop. I’m very excited!
Name a favorite memory from attending Lake Zurich High School.
I can’t really pick one specific memory, but the time I spent on newspaper and track and just with my friends made high school worthwhile.
What did you like most about doing your portraits with Britt Anderson Seniors?
I just loved working with Britt! She is really warm and personable. If you’re not a model, like I’m not, taking headshots can be somewhat awkward. However, Britt made the whole experience fun and meaningful because of her awesome expertise and personality! I’m really glad I got my senior portraits taken with her.