It may be freezing here in Baltimore, but I’m still very much pretending it is spring over on the blog! Now that the busiest part of my year is behind me, it is about time I continue this year’s CKP portrait sessions! The recap marathon is officially kicking off with Catherine, a gorgeous American University grad who had her photos taken on the National Mall! Join me in taking a stroll through her beautiful grad session on the iconic National Mall.
Catherine, is a passionate and driven individual, who graduated from American University in May.
With a major in history and a minor in German, she demonstrated her love for learning and her dedication to understanding the past while educating others on her passions. As we celebrated her achievements, Catherine shared her aspirations of working in a museum as an educator, a path that would allow her to continue to share her knowledge and passion with others.
The morning of Catherine’s grad session dawned bright and early, with the promise of a memorable experience.
Despite the DC humidity, Catherine radiated confidence and elegance as she embraced the opportunity to celebrate such a significant milestone. I was thrilled to witness her enthusiasm and the way she incorporated meaningful props into her session, symbolizing her connection to her undergraduate career and her love for history.
Our adventure began near the waters of the Reflecting Pool. Bathed in the soft, golden morning light, Catherine’s excitement was palpable. We kicked things off with the iconic Washington Monument as our background.
From the Reflecting Pool, we made our way to the beautiful steps of the Lincoln Memorial. As we ventured further into the National Mall, we discovered so many gorgeous views (Away from the rush of grad season at other parts of the monument) among the columns and tree-lined paths.
Catherine’s National Mall grad session was not just a celebration of her accomplishments but also a glimpse into the bright future that awaits her.
With plans to work as a paralegal in Chicago, Catherine is determined to save up for grad school, where she will continue her journey towards becoming a museum educator. Her unwavering commitment to her dreams and her infectious enthusiasm are sure to carry her far— I can’t wait to see where post-grad life takes her!
I so hope you enjoy taking a scroll through our beautiful morning together!
PS Future grads dreaming of a session at the Lincoln Memorial should note that it’s currently under construction until 2026. Don’t worry, though! There are plenty of alternative locations in DC that offer equally stunning backdrops. This session features one of my recommended itineraries for grads to use throughout construction. You can check out the project details and explore other options here.
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