Safari, senior-style: Area photographers offer rising seniors a unique experience

Commentary by Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

Craig and Karen York pose for a recent photo. They own York's Photography Studio and each year offer a Senior Safari photo session for select seniors. / Kaitlin Gillespie, Times-News correspondent

Senior year is a time for planning, predicting, and photo taking. York’s Photography Studio Inc., owned by Craig and Karen York, take care of the photography part.
Every year, the studio offers rising seniors a chance to apply to be a part of the Senior Safari photo session. This safari allows upcoming seniors to choose outfits, props and accessories unique to them and then go on a photo shoot with the Yorks.
Recently, seven upcoming seniors, Blair Foust, Brooke Barker, Caleb Garner, David Andrews, Hannah Rich, Meredith Joyce and I, participated in this safari and were pampered at Deja Groove before heading off to pose for the camera.
Kelsey Johnson was the hair expert and provided all seven seniors with natural and stylish hairdos and Jessica Weeks was the makeup guru who made sure all the girls were properly dolled up before getting into the spotlight.
After hair and makeup was done, the band of teenagers was taken to a secret location that was only disclosed to their parents where they were all photographed.
Craig York, who has had a camera in his hand since childhood, professionally captures the essence of all the teenagers present while making sure a scene is properly set. Karen York, whose passion is evident in her attention to details, is just as talented and enjoys adding different flares to any photographs she is taking.
When asked what got them into providing this experience to upcoming seniors, Craig simply replied, “It’s a lot of fun and you get to photograph a lot of neat things.”
The seniors who just recently were involved in the safari will get to see their pictures at the big reveal party that will take place in July at Holly Hill Mall and Business Center in Burlington.

 Kaitlin Gillespie is a rising senior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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