A Brief History of My 'First Day' Photo
Four years ago, at the age of 31, I came to the realization that it was time to go back to school. I had my doubts and anxieties to contend with, but I also felt great pride and excitement about my decision. To celebrate, I took myself Back to School shopping - I bought actual school supplies, a book bag, and I somehow also justified the need for new clothes. When the day arrived, I selected one of my new blouses, and taking a cue from my friends and family posting photos of their kids on their first day of school, I semi-jokingly posted a photo of myself on my First Day of School. Except, since I was 31, I had to go to work before my evening classes - so I posed in my office with a morning cup of coffee.
August 2013 Julie has no idea of what's about to happen to her
A year later I posed, once again, in the same blouse for my second First Day of School. This time, the joke was that I was wearing the same outfit from the previous year, a benefit of going back to school as an adult, since kiddos outgrow their back to school outfits shortly after each new semester begins.
August 2014 Julie is a bit more confident; dis bitch conquered Business Calculus
Okay, so you see where this is going. After creating this tradition for myself, I also wore the blouse on my third and fourth First Day of School and even made a handy pic collage in 2016 - so you can actually see my wrinkle progression over a short three years' time...
Either I have visibly aged since embarking on this journey
or my Instagram game has gotten weaker
My Last First Day of School
Today, four years later, I begin my final semester of college. In honor and celebration of my 'Last First Day' of school (and the blouse that has been there since the beginning), I thought it would be fun to combine my final First Day photo tradition with the tradition of Senior Portraits. I started out by researching a bit to get some ideas for poses. When I googled 'senior pictures,' these were the first results:
Then I said 'fuck it, I got this,' and here's what I came up with:
I began with the more traditional 'Girl Who Sits Backwards in a Chair' poses, directly recreating a few of my Senior Portraits from half my life ago...
Check out that wind effect in the upper-left shot
To maximize value from my photographer, I opted to incorporate my family pet into one of the shots:
Out of 30+ shots, I swear this is the only one where Vin isn't squirming
I then went for a more studious look in a series of photos of me legitimately reading my International Marketing book...
Globalization is sexy
I shook things up by taking the shoot outside:
Just me, sitting on my porch, thinking about my future...
And then I realized I needed a shot of me showcasing my sweet, sweet ride:
Going Rogue: Way hotter than the photo of me with my white Camaro
when I graduated high school
And finally - here is me peeking from behind a tree: