This Texas State senior session was an important one on so many levels! First, it was my oldest niece—Karkar—the one I’ve known the longest (an advantage gained solely by order of birth, but nonetheless), and it was right before the entire United States got put on complete lockdown because of the stupid Coronavirus.

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I really thought this session was not going to happen. For nearly all of my hour-and-a-half drive to San Marcos, and even as I pulled into her apartment complex, it was raining, dreary, and nothing but grey skies for miles and miles. I was seriously considering rescheduling the session, EVEN THOUGH we had this on our calendars since 2019. I knew that with the Corona it would be rather easy to try and find the perfect day in the next week or so with her campus being shut down indefinitely. But, just as I was about to suggest this… the rain stopped, the skies turned a beautiful blue and it was a perfect day for a senior session.

Texas State University Senior Portrait Session: San Marcos TX

Texas State University Senior Portrait Session: San Marcos TX

I had to Google™ what “Education EC-6 Generalist/ESL” means exactly… but apparently, Karley is going to specialize in teaching elementary children, possibly more than one grade level, and probably more than one subject. Oh, and that she’s mastered the English language and will help her students to do the same. She expects to graduate with either cum laude honors or magna cum laude honors—despite always having had a part-time job and which also means she spent enough time studying in a town famous for its college party atmosphere. I’m so proud of her!

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It is important to surround yourself with people who have the same goals and ambitions.


Away from the classroom, Karley volunteered with the Bobcat Build. It is a special project that was started 18 years ago as a way to say “Thank You” to the San Marcos community. It is now a Texas State University tradition and serves as the largest service project on campus. It is also one of the largest, one-day community service projects in the entire state of Texas. And, as I stated earlier, during all four years of college, she always held a part-time job while in school: Wonderland School 2016-18, Seguin ISD substitute teacher 2018-19, and New Braunfels ISD substitute teacher 2019-20 and babysitting.

(This picture depicts exactly how much fun we had during her senior portrait session. I can’t adequately express just how much I love specializing in seniors and weddings. I don’t think any other genre of photography would make me nearly as happy. Seniors and brides rock!!)

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Being a former high school athlete, Karley continues to work out (and even enjoys it). After graduation, she hopes to find a teaching job while pursuing a graduate degree.

Karley didn’t tell me this, but I secretly think the thing she will most miss about the Texas State University campus is these hills—these steep, plentiful, abhorrent, painful, tear-inducing, non-welcoming, malicious hills.

Enjoy some of my favorite images from Karley’s Texas State senior session then be sure to watch the slideshow at the end!

If you’d like to see all the Texas State University senior pics, please enjoy this video. For the best quality, be sure to change the video player settings to 1080 HD. 

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