I feel truly blessed to be able to follow my dream of being a photographer. I absolutely LOVE what I do! From the time I picked up a camera, I was obsessed with taking pretty pictures. After 12 years, my focus has shifted… I have come to realize that one of the most important parts of my job is telling your story through my lens. If I’m photographing your wedding day, I focus on authentic, natural and real moments. If I’m photographing your senior pictures, your personality and inner beauty will shine through! These are the moments that you will forever cherish and remember. Welcome to the blog. I can’t wait for the opportunity to capture YOU and tell your story!
I’m so happy to introduce the lovely, beautiful, sweet, and talented, Natalie Johnson, Class of 2020 senior from Pekin Community High School. Watching her leap, jump, and flip during her senior pictures is one thing I will never forget! I mean.. I knew Nat was athletic and fit but knowing it and then seeing it brought me to a whole new level.. she can fly!!! I’m not really sure how she does it all, but Natalie participates in Cheer, Soccer, Swim, Student Council, Student Ambassadors, and she is a Dragon Day leader. She also volunteers with her mom as Cheer Coach at Rankin Jr. High School! Pheewww!
Natalie would describe her personality as shy at first and kind of nervous, but once she gets to know someone, there is never a dull moment and she loves to hang out with her friends and find new, fun things to do! After graduation, she wants to pursue a career in nursing and will be considering University of Iowa, ISU, as well as SIUE. When she was a little girl, she wanted to be an actress on the Disney Channel. Her senior year, she is mostly looking forward to all of the final events with her friends and in all of the sport and she especially likes the idea of not having to take last semester finals!
She has had so many favorite teachers throughout the years. Her favorite teacher has been her Latin teacher, Mrs. Farley. “She always makes class fun and makes a dead language louder than the French class. Mrs. Farley also shows a lot of school spirit. Math classes have always been a favorite class because I love figuring out problems and all of the steps. Some other teachers that come to mind who have impacted me positively are Mr. Walraven, Turner, and Unman!”
Natalie’s favorite school event is the pep rally. “Pekin has not had a pep rally for homecoming class games in years upon years so getting the entire school excited for it and participating has been so much fun!!”
My “perfect day” would be hanging out with my friends all day at the beach. We would play beach sports like soccer and volleyball, go parasailing and have a campfire. And then finish the day with a hop on a plane and go snow skiing the next day!”
Here are some of my bucket list items: 1. Go to a Jonas brothers concert 2. Travel most of Europe 3. Become a neonatal nurse practitioner 4. Go on a ski trip in a different country 5. Participate in college cheerleading!
A moment that Natalie is most proud of is when she coached the Rankin Cheer team last year. Most of the participants are in other sports besides cheer which leaves very little time to prepare for competition, but I did not let them doubt themselves! I made the most of every practice and made their experience worth while to the point they were ready and excited to compete in competition!
Here are some of Natalie’s fun facts and favorites!
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