Olivia Yates, Class of 2017

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Olivia and I met up before the break of dawn on a cold, blustery morning. While we were waiting for the sun to come up, we walked around our shoot location to keep warm and get to know each other a little more.

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Turns out Olivia is a really smart and industrious gal. She works when she’s not studying and wants to get her master’s degree in nursing once she goes off to college.

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As someone who spent seven years in college, my heart always leaps a little when I hear a young woman set high goals for herself. You go, Olivia! I have no doubt this girl is going to move mountains.

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Olivia is also a budding artist. She works with mixed media and has a great creative eye. She showed me some of her work on her phone and it was really impressive. I sometimes get in creative ruts and I really admire people that create imagery from total scratch- no pintrest boards,  no copying, just straight imagination. That’s where Olivia’s talent shines.

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We chose Harper’s Ferry for our shoot because Olivia had seen a waterfall in my portfolio from years back. I’m so glad she chose it- I love the way it gave some movement to our images and blew her hair around softly.

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Olivia, it was such a pleasure to work with you, girl! I wish you all the success in the world! Keep in touch and let me know how college treats you!

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Claire Watson is a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer based in Martinsburg, WV; she joyfully serves clients in West Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.