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graduate: drake [fremont, ne]


BRC’s last senior of the graduating class of 2013 is this stud! I rarely get the opportunity to work with young men when it comes to seniors, but I was beyond lucky to get to create along side (now) one of the coolest duck I know, Mister Drake (see what I did thar? Quite appropriate for BRC, dontcha think? Yeah, we do too).

A good ol’ country, red-blooded american boy. HOO HAA! In Drake’s case I actually learned so much more about what he likes on the shoot rather than in our planning process (His mom really helped us before hand to incorporate the things he enjoys, but there is nothing like one-on-one time with your seniors). Being honest, even though I love pre-planning, it is so refreshing and exhilarating to get to know someone while you are shooting, and to pull out of them that special glow of their’s, right on the spot! Also, I am pretty sure that is more Drake-esque than anything else so I loved how it all panned out. I learned about Drake’s deep love for world history, especially Russia, as well as his future dreams of becoming a sports journalist. While sipping on bottled cold Coca-Cola and looking for deep wooded areas, I was able to encourage him in pursuing photojournalism in that line of work. The more we talked about it, the more I saw his eyes open with possibilities. Who knows what this kid will do-but if his seniors is reflective of his future success, safe to say-HE IS SOLID! Am I right? Being flexible and able to respond on your toes while going with the flow is what photojournalism is all about, and Drake has got that down. He is not afraid to get in the dirt and go a little crazy, all for the fun of it! Aha, seriously I love this kid.

Drake loves people, has a kind yet strong heart that I was privileged to get to know, even just a little bit, while we adventured in and out of the city. This bird is starting out in a small town, but his curiosity and heart for God is going to take him far! I felt that through our whole shoot.

Take flight Drake, the world is waiting for you!



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  • Dianne Brohimer Roof - The photo blog is wonderful Britni, but even more so are wonderful word you wrote. Brought tears to my eyes. I am so thankful God led us to you. You brought out the best in Drake. You were able to get him to do thing I never imagined possible. You are right, it’s time for my Drake to take flight!ReplyCancel

  • Jean Ronan Ruwe - I love these photos and the words you shared. Di … You must be so happy to have these images captured! In love with the pic, especially the black and whites and ones with his shy smile … But the have bring ones are awesome, too! So many to choose from! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Jean Ronan Ruwe - OK … That should have said … Hunting ones …ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Nilsen - Wow!

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