Cue the bagpipes and picture this. Alex walks towards the tent on McGill University campus where the convocations are set up. He’s wearing a slightly fancier gown than last time since today he’s graduating with a M.Sc. The tassel on his cap is swinging and hitting him in the eye. It’s raining and every single step he takes in these shoes require full concentration otherwise he’s going to slip and fall in front of everyone. I made it folks! Without even slipping/tripping/embarrassing myself! But this post isn't about me - Bryn also graduated - her convocation was just a few hours after mine. She contacted me a few weeks ago to have portraits taken after seeing an old post where I took pictures of Amélie’s graduation (on McGill University campus as well).
Bryn wanted some pictures with her family and boyfriend to immortalize this important day. As the students poured out from the tents, Bryn and her entourage snuck away from the big crowds to meet me in a private extremely top secret spot on campus (just kidding - it’s on the side of Otto Mass).
The photo session was pretty quick. Taking pictures for graduations is relatively easy - everyone’s happy, supportive, proud, and it’s all smiles. And having someone like the high-energy Bryn as the main focus doesn’t hurt either.
It might seem a bit weird to suddenly be thrown in someone else’s big day as a photographer. But whether I’m taking wedding or graduation photos, people are always extremely thankful and nice. I get glimpses of very personal and important moments and I’m very grateful for it. I make it my obligation to capture these memories the best I can.
While this is only the second time someone hires me for graduation pictures, for the past years, I’ve been present for many of my friends’ convocations at McGill. Here are a few of my favourite graduation pictures taken all over the campus.
I had a really great time and would love to do this more often in the future. If you or anyone else is graduating and would like my photography services, let me know!