Get Your Free What To Wear Guide!

By signing up to the Studio You Portraits e-newsletter, you will get a FREE GUIDE, giving great advice for what to wear for Dallas, Texas senior portraits! We'll occasionally send information about specials, our schedule, and other news. Be sure to remember us later this year by subscribing now. Thanks so much!

Powered by ConvertKit

A Plano Senior Photographer's Advice To Her 17-Year-Old Self

Plano senior photographer
Plano senior photographer

As I said before, I am a Plano senior photographer and this isn't my usual type of post.  It isn't even about photography. And please understand how much I detest writing about myself in third person. 

I have a reason for doing it, though.  This is advice I would have given myself. I wanted to be clear on that because if a teenager reads this post, the advice may or may not be for her.  I wouldn't presume to know.  So that is why I'm writing to myself in third person.

Glad I cleared that up. Again.  Lest you think I'm a complete idiot.

This is the second in a series.  Read the first post here.

As a senior portrait photographer in Plano, I think a lot about high school students and remember my own high school years. (It has been quite a while, in case you're wondering.) I graduated when I was 17, which is why I am writing to that 17-year-old and not that 18-year-old.  Lots of stuff happened in that one year.

Here are my next five pieces of advice to my younger self:

  1. Worship regularly. Yes, keep going to church in college.  Really.
  2. Make sure you know how to type. Really, really quickly and really, really accurately.
  3. Pay attention in English class. Like it or not, people will judge you on your grammar and spelling and the way you express yourself."They're", "their", and "there", are all different, for example.  Thank you, Mrs. Dial, for being the greatest English teacher ever, and reinforcing that stuff.
  4. Enjoy all the free time you have and don't complain about being bored.Someday, when you have a spouse and/or children, you will wonder what you did with all that free time.  Enjoy it while it lasts!
  5. Always, always have "sister-friends", women you can trust and talk about everything with.  I miss my sister, Tara, my only sibling, every single day.  She lives on the west coast.  My "sister-friends" do not replace her, but they help me get through life and I am thankful for them, too.

Do you agree?  What do you wish you had known then that you know now?  More to come later!

If you enjoyed this post, perhaps your senior would enjoy working with me.  Contact me today to book a session!