It's been three years since our youngest son graduated from high school and seven years since our oldest son left his high school days behind. Both of our boys were involved in high school athletics. Dustin was an avid soccer player and lacrosse ran through Ryley's blood. I vividly remember when they walked off the playing fields for the last time. I cried. A lot. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of their high school athletic careers and it was really hard knowing that was behind us now. I wasn't blogging back when Dustin graduated from high school. But if I was, you can surely bet I would have written about it. September Blue was up and running by the time Ryley was graduating and you can read the post about his last game here.
This time of year is a special one for high school athletes who are graduating. Most schools have a "Senior Night" where athletes and their parents are honored before a game acknowledging their contribution and dedication to the sport and school. For Ryley's Senior Night, I created 20x30 posters of the seniors and put them on display along the fence of the playing field. It brought me such joy to see the smile on the faces of the players and parents when they saw their posters. You can just see the pride in the eyes of each and every parent when they saw their son's photo printed in large format (you can view the posters I created back then by clicking here). I was pretty bummed knowing I would never have the chance to create something like that again.
But never say never!
A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to photograph high school athletes once again. I can't even begin to express how happy it made me! This time it was the Wiregrass Ranch High School Varsity Baseball Team. Jill, who has been my best friend since I was in high school, has a son on the team and I am so grateful to her for pitching this poster idea to the coaches and parents! Last night was the team's Senior Night and I was thrilled to create posters for the nine seniors that were graduating from the team. From the reaction of the players, parents, grandparents and spectators, they were a hit. Check out a few photos below:
The above photo is Jill's son, Ryan.
The timing of creating these posters could not have been more perfect. On Monday, April 21, my self-paced workshop "The Poster Project" begins at Scrapaneers.com. This workshop will walk you through the steps of creating a 20x30 poster for your son or daughter! Whether he or she is an athlete, musician, dancer or Scout, creating a poster is a fun way to celebrate their accomplishments! You can read more about the class by clicking on the photo below!
How would you like to win a seat in the class? Leave a comment here on the blog between now and Thursday at 11:59pm and I will randomly select a winner that will be announced on Friday! Good luck!