Camp Hill Graduation 2021
Camp Hill High School Graduation 2021. During my first career as a photojournalist, I can't tell you how many times I photographed High School Graduations. High schools have so many ridiculous rules. I would say the large majority of schools were not allowed to throw their caps at the end of the ceremony, nor were they allowed to decorate them like in most colleges. This was my daughter's graduation and I could have worked my way onto the field but I really wanted to sit back and watch. I knew the local photographer and she got some nice images of her getting her diploma. I wouldn't be hanging a photo of her getting a high school diploma on the wall because I prefer candid images.
It was always sort of a letdown as a photographer that schools control the STUDENTS graduation in most high schools. It could be a struggle to get that shot during a ceremony of people talking. I actually preferred before and after the ceremony, but you still at to sit on a hot field or muggy gym and listen to the standard babble. My graduation had over 900 people on a hot humid day in Illinois. Actually, all I remember about that day is how hot it was on the football field. Thank God it was grass and not that nasty astroturf. When astroturf it is hot you can see the heat waves like in a desert.
Personally, I don't find graduation that exciting but that might be because I have photographed hundreds of them. I was smart and decided to hang out in the shade of the stadium seating. It was cool and I had a nice breeze. Anything is better than sitting with thousand of hot bodies, sweating in the sun for two hours. The final graduate who I think was Mikey made his way back to his seat, after a spontaneous hug for the principal who lives at the end of the block. The important people said they approve and finally after all those years of photographing high school graduation the caps flew in the air. I even got a message from a neighbor that her son's cap was at the top of the frame. Congratulations to all the graduates of 2021. You made it through a difficult year. Good luck and make the most of your future and don't be afraid to change.
P.S It drives me nuts the light pole cuts though the text but life is not perfect.