Class of 2024 | Waupaca High School

Payton, a class of 2024 senior at Waupaca High School, leans against a tree during his senior pictures.

Payton | Waupaca High School | Class of 2024

It’s that time of year again — senior picture season! Waaaaaaay back in 2010, I got serious about photography by doing a 365 day self-portrait challenge AND all of my friends senior pictures in the same summer before I headed off to college. (You can read about that in my business story here!) Hard to believe I’m now photographing the Class of 2024!

Doing senior pictures always takes me back to my days running around Burlington with nothing but my camera and a dream in my back pocket. The days before social media was king and algorithms ruled the world (or at least mine). My photography friends and I all shared our photos on Flickr and built a community of teenage photographers from all around the country — connections like that seem few and far in between on Instagram and Facebook these days. Sometimes I yearn for those early days of social media, when sharing was purely based on really wanting to share your work with others and not a marketing strategy of how to get the most eyeballs and clicks and likes on a photo you’re proud of and want to show off.

I also cannot believe I am sharing Payton’s senior pictures. I did his oldest brother Maverick’s prom photos back in 2018, his brother Patrik’s senior photos last fall, and now it was his turn in front of my camera. His brother Maverick and I used to work together, and I cannot believe this is his littlest brothers senior pictures. Smash Mouth was right — the years start coming and they really don’t stop coming. (Rest In Peace, Steve Harwell!)

Keep scrolling to see more of Payton’s Class of 2024 senior pictures!

See more seniors in the archives!

Patrik, Class of 2023

Briar, Class of 2022

Kaitlynn, Class of 2022

Get on my calendar for senior pictures before yearbook deadlines hit!