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South Lyon, Milford, Brighton Michigan

Eastern Michigan University Graduate | South Lyon, MI Portrait Photographer | Lydia’s Graduation Cap n Gown

When Lydia’s mom reached out and asked me to photograph her daughter, a new Eastern Michigan University graduate, in her cap n gown, I knew this was going to turn out fantastic! I was really excited to work with Lydia!

Blonde girl who is an Eastern Michigan University Graduate in her cap and gown on campus.

Lydia just graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA in English and she is going to be a high school English teacher. Even though she was a commuter student, we decided to do her photoshoot on campus. I am so glad that we did. This campus is beautiful with its pond, bridges, amphitheater, gorgeous buildings and paths. There was really no better place to finish out her college career than on campus!

The weather was perfect – sunny and cool – a beautiful spring evening. The dress she wore with her gown was pretty – the perfect spring look. We met in one of the visitor parking lots and walked the campus together.

Lydia was a natural in front of the camera! she was so easy to direct. I look forward to the day that she needs professional headshots. My favorite part of our time together was when I spotted the Student Center – the glass windows stretched the length of the building and I knew it would make a magnificent background.

Since it is 2021 and Covid rules in Michigan restrict an in-person ceremony, I am thankful Lydia was able to have this memorable time capturing her as an Eastern Michigan University graduate. Fun fact — I’ve known Lydia for quite a while and I am so thankful to be a small part of this journey of hers.

Best of luck, Lydia!

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Our first stop was the pond:

Blonde girl wearing cap while holding gown over her left shoulder at Eastern Michigan University by a pond.

then the bridge:

Blonde girl at Eastern Michigan University wearing cap and gown.

off to the amphitheater:

Blonde girl wearing graduation cap and gown sitting in the ampitheater at Eastern Michigan University

My favorite place to photograph her at EMU was along the Student Center.

Blonde girl wearing cap standing along the Student Center at Eastern Michigan University
Blonde graduate at EMU stands in front of an old white house on campus with her cap and gown
Standing in front of the John W. Porter Building an EMU graduate highlights the sign
Eastern Michigan Graduate stands on campus with the EMU flag wrapped around her back.
Blonde girl at Eastern Michigan University stands at the bridge over the pond in her cap and gown.
Standing in front of the pond at Eastern Michigan University a blond girl is holding her cap with both hands
Blonde girl in graduation cap standing with peace out sign at Eastern Michigan University

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  1. Katie Steele says:

    I have always enjoyed Susan’s photography, and with Lydia graduating, I finally had an excuse to experience her gifts first hand! Susan is very laid back, super easy to work with, and Lydia greatly enjoyed her photo shoot. I love the results! Each and every photo was a keeper. Thank you Susan!!

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