Senior Pictures in Focus

Senior Pictures in Focus
By: Holly Brantley

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO --For the Class of 2007 senior pictures become a numbers game. Students put on three to six different outfits, pose 20 to 30 times, and sometimes pay hundreds of dollars for all of those photos. Seniors describe the pressure and fun of being picture perfect.

For Ariel Kitchen, her senior portrait session looked more liks a magazine shoot...and she's the star. "You get to choose your own props," said Ariel. "You get to make them personal. So, you show who you are in those pictures for everyone." Ariel posed with her guitar and artwork. "I wasn't really nervous about it because if you are it shows."

But, she admits it's a little scary knowing the pictures are going to be around for a long time.

"This morning, when I was getting ready to come over here I thought: 'I have to look perfect, because my mom is never going to get rid of these,'" said Ariel.

On the other hand, Justin Rose calls senior pictures 'No big deal'. "It's just part of being a senior," said Justin. And, just part of being a good kid, he's smiling for the camera, and for mom. "We've already had two graduate," said Kim Rose, Justin's mom.

As a photographer, Pat Patterson poses almost as many times as the students. His careful attention to detail is all part of making each senior's session fun and unique. "The light's got to be right, the pose has got to be right, everything's got to be right," said Patterson. "Then we'll shoot it, and shoot it again."