We didn't realize we were making memories.
We just knew we were having fun.
After weeks of chasing friends and definitely trying their patience, I announced the last round of the graduation shots from the "Way Back Machine," and ran what I thought was my last post on May 18.
However, out of the blue, our good buddy Michele Celentano finally found her senior shot and sent it to me. She may have been late on answering the request, but it's too much fun not to share and put her in this week's spotlight.
When I went back to the May 18 post, I realized I never told you who our star-studded "class of whenever" included.
Starting in the top left, Dave Doeppel, Bob Coates, George Varanakis, Gustavo Fernandez, Scott Stuart, Sal Cincotta, Kevin A. Gilligan, Jennifer Rutledge, Matt Meiers, Alissa Zimmerman, Steve Rosenbaum, Giulio Scorio, David Beckham, Bert Behnke and Kerri Jean. (Click on the composite to view the original post.)
And that officially ends the debut of this year's brave souls who shared those classic moments from the past. I've shared forty-three images of members of the industry, many of them educators.
I can't help but wonder what everyone's goals were going back to that first milestone step into adulthood following graduation.
For example, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up - except I didn't want to grow up. I knew I liked working with people, but I wasn't ready for college - I was in and out of school until after joining Polaroid. That's when I realized I loved this industry, especially the business and marketing side, but that was years after failed attempts at adulthood!
If any of you forty-three seniors want to share your vision after graduation going way back when, feel free to send me an email. All we need is 2-3 for enough content to share in a blog post.
Recently I recorded an upcoming "Mind Your Own Business" podcast with Chamira Young. We had Lindsay Adler as our guest and so far she's the youngest starting imaging artist I know. She realized she wanted to be a photographer at 13 and had her own business by 16!
Happy Throwback Thursday and thanks for the memories!
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