Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Senior Pictures

*Warning* Long picture post ahead!

Now that you've been forewarned...

Daddy was very kind to drive me all the way into town to take my senior pictures this afternoon. We went to Blount Park in the Shakespeare Festival, a beautiful place with a lovely lake, lush grass, tranquil gardens, and magnificent trees! Almost 2 hours later we left with over 100 pictures and plenty of memories. I thought of a lot of poses, and Daddy very graciously followed me around with the camera. They turned out really well! I cropped and lightened some of them and had a hard time picking out my favorites. It was a lot of fun and was a picture-perfect day, not too hot, but not too cold. God's creation is so beautiful!

Thank you, Daddy, for taking the pictures and putting up with my many ideas. =) You're the best!

Some of the pictures are in a more casual outfit, while others are in the special graduation dress I just finished sewing yesterday. Above you can see the back of the dress. I used Sense and Sensibility's Romantic Era pattern, creating the ball gown view and adding a white satin sash. It was a little difficult at times, especially with the poofy sleeves! I also didn't fit it correctly at first and had to take in the shoulder/sleeve seam quite a bit. After sewing many hooks and eyes on to close the dress, I realized that it gaped and didn't stay closed well! So I took all of them out and used little pearl buttons and snaps to close the dress. It was fun to make and great to finish! The nice thing is, once it's done, I forget the hard parts and all the time spent working on the little things and just enjoy the dress!

#1 The dress makes me feel so beautiful and elegant!

#2 The casual outfit, pink and blue, was also one of my favorites

#3 Quaint benches on which to rest

#4 Pretty flowers by which to pose

#5 Pretty green, leafy backgrounds

#6 Window poses are always fun!

#7 Among climbing white roses, one of my favorite flowers!

#8 The water was so sparkling and pretty, but most of the pictures with it didn't turn out well because they were in the sun.

#9 Full dresses and ferns

#10 Just for fun - I couldn't resist peeking out! =)

#11 Another "for fun" picture - it's got a different angle and makes my eyes look blue.

#12 Shady, secluded pastures

#13 A more formal portrait

#14 Relaxed and enjoying the day

So, which one is your favorite? There's many more I could have posted... but restrained myself. =) They may show up in future posts, however!

I haven't yet decided which one will be the senior picture - it's so hard to choose when I like so many! It will probably be one of the close-ups, but which one? We'll see!


Bethany said...

What lovely photos! The dress is beautiful, by the way! My favorites at numbers 3 and 13. Congrats on your upcoming graduation!

Bethany of Something Greater

Anonymous said...

I love the dress! As soon as I looked at it, I said to myself, "Someone else was at Sense and Sensibility or some other site with the Wives and Daughters pattern!" :D Have you seen the movie?
I dropped by your site 'cause I wanted to read your review on Do Hard Things. I hope that my copies come soon. It's a VERY hard thing to be patient!

Luke said...

13, 9, and 6 are my favorites!


Kelsey Smith said...

I LOVE the last one its gorgeous!

Katie said...

You look so pretty!!! I love the dress, you use such a lovely purple flower material!!! 1,2 and 13 are my favorites! But I like them all!

PoetLady said...

My favorites (in order)are:

and 13

I didn't realize your eyes are so blue, Anna! Sara is my only blue-eyed child.

These are really lovely photos, thanks for sharing them.


Anna Naomi said...

I'm glad you all enjoyed the pictures! I've enjoyed seeing which ones are your favorites. #13 seems to be a favorite - it's my mom's favorite as well!

Emily: Thanks for dropping by! Yes, I've seen Wives and Daughters and really enjoyed it! Their dresses are so pretty, thus the reason I wanted to make one for myself. =) Hope you get your Do Hard Things copy soon!

Maria: My eyes are blue or green, depending partly on what I wear and partly on my surroundings! The closeups of me in front of the green leaves make them look green, while others seem to pick up on the blue of my skirt. I like Sara's eyes - they're so pretty!

Miriam Rebekah said...

They are all so good! Anna, your dress is lovely!

My favorites are 1, 3, 9, and 14. It was hard to choose.

Courtney said...

All those photos turned out great! #9 is my favorite! Your such a pretty girl and I love your blogs. You are such a beautiful soul in Christ, and it really shows through your person in your pictures. Dont ever stop writing :)

Laura H. said...

Ok, now I love the dress. I have that pattern too. I am just waiting to get some spring material to make me a really nice spring dress. I did make the Romantic Era blouse, with really nices lace. I will have to send you a pix of it sometime.

Laura H.

Linda Marie said...

I've looked through the pictures three times now, and I really cannot decide which ones I like the best. They are all pretty, and so is the dress. The satin sash was the dot over the i I think. (Do you use that expression in English by the way, I'm not sure...)
Are you graduating from High School? Congratulations!

Maria Pauline said...

I especially like 2, 6, 9, and 12.

And what a lovely dress! I love the material. It is so pretty!

thepatriot said...

*disregard my facebook post*

7 and 12 are my absolute favorites! So lovely Anna! The dress turned out nicely and the sash is a great touch! Hard to believe we're graduating. Whew; at least the sewing's done, right? :)


Lauren Christine said...


Your dress is SO beautiful! :)

Happy Graduation!

Ella said...

I like 1 and 13 the best! They look great and you did a fabulous job on the dress!

Sheila said...

Lovely pictures! Congratulations on the grad too.

God bless,

Anna Naomi said...

Laura: I'd enjoy seeing a picture of the blouse! The pattern looks pretty!

Linda Marie: Yes, I have a hard time deciding as well! And yes, I am graduating from high school. It's still hard to believe - am I really old enough? =) No, I don't think I've heard that expression often, but it's a good one!

Jen: Yes, I still find it hard to believe that graduation is so near! You're right, it is a relief that the graduation sewing is done at least!

Thank you all for your well wishes!

A Godly Maiden said...

The dress is absolutely beautiful! I like pictures #4, #5, and #12. :) They rest are great too, but those are my favorites. 13 is really nice too, though!

Happy Graduation!

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos! You did a great job on the dress! My favorite pictures are #7 and #9.

~Princess S

Robert said...

The pictures are nice and the dress is pretty.That park makes a great background.My favourites are 9,5 and 3.

Molly Gibson wore many great dresses!

Congrats on your gradulation.

Elijah Lofgren said...

Dear Anna,

Ok, I think it's time I buy a shotgun to fend off the boys! ;)

You're beautiful Anna! :)

Be careful of the boys you're sure to meet at college next fall. Remember I'm only a few hours away if you ever need me! ;)

I love and miss you! :)

Your brother,


Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm 13 and I love coming to your blog. I think my favoite pictures are #1 and #13.


Anna Naomi said...

Robert: Yes, Molly Gibson's dresses were among some of my favorites! That's part of the reason I chose this fabric.

Elijah: You're so funny! =) I'm very honored to have you as my big brother there to protect me! Don't worry - I don't intend to get involved with any strange boys. I'll be sure to let you know if I need any help! ;-)


I like #4 and #13. :) Of course they are all lovely! :) The dress you made is beautiful!!!

Anna said...

I like number 12 best. It is very classic and elegant!

Anonymous said...

Wow you are so pretty!! My name is anna and i found ur blog because u commented on my friend's blog, "Italian Girl" I'm her Bff lol. All the pics were great but i liked # 1,5,& 13 the best. Did u really make such a gourgeous dress? u r so talented. Was it really hard? Congrats and good luck, Anna

Anna Naomi said...

Yes, I really made the dress. =) I've been sewing for quite a few years, though this one still had a few problems that I ran into!

Thank you all for voting! We chose #13 for THE picture, just zoomed a little further out to see my sash.

Darelina said...

Just lovely! :)

Anonymous said...

HI my name is Ireland and i am 10 years old i am Meghann Jones dauter. i LOVE your dress. my favorites are numbers 1 6 and 14