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Claire: Class of 2011 // Seattle Senior Pictures

Claire and I met on what I think may have been Seattle’s very last sunny Saturday of the year… we explored a creepy, old, partially abandoned building in Wallingford that was seriously reminiscent of Shutter Island, and made a quick stop, a mini-nature walk, over at the Arboretum. Had fun. Got to know each other. The usual.

You know, with clients that I’ve never met, I’m sure you can appreciate that I’ll talk and talk and talk to try and make up for the lost time of not knowing each other up until this point. And with seniors, I don’t know if I realized that I did this before, but I think I’ll try to set a good example and start talking about what comes after high school… I mean, I don’t think in a condescending way, I just try to put it out there that I hope they take advantage of the freedom of being young and totally open to the world of the unknown. Anyway, with Claire, I’m like, yapping my jaws for quite some time before I realized that she has already created a life for herself that would basically put my worldly ways to shame. She moved to Seattle to attend a prestigious private school, she is well-traveled, she works four days a week, (among other things) she is the captain of the debate team at her school, and she is the Washington Youth Secretary of State and she is planning on pursuing a career in law & justice. Hello.

So, as I should always remember but often seem to forget amidst all the words I constantly fill the air with… our youth. Our youth that are the leaders of our future, sometimes don’t need to be taught, but often deserve to teach. Thank you Claire, for being a leader of our future and a young citizen of good works. I wish you the best during your last year of school and your first year as an outstanding adult.


“Under your shoulders. Dear young people of the entire world, weigh the responsibility to transform tomorrow’s world into a society where peace, harmony and fraternity reign.”

-Bishop Carlos Belo

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