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GSD Fan 05-02-2014 07:44 PM

Mom Graduating, Tasked with pictures, So Nervous
Hey guys! :)

Those of you who remember GSD Fan may remember that my mother was in college. Well I have great news, on May 10th my 54 year old mother will walk on stage and receive a Master's Degree in Social Work! I am so proud of my mother! :D

I know my mother will be nervous, but I will be nervous as well. My sister and her husband won't be able to attend, so there's a chance it will be me and my father ONLY to support her. It's going to be a ton of people there and I am VERY nervous. It's not my day and not trying to take any attention from, but I am going to be nervous.

I just bought a digital camera and so I will be tasked with taking pictures. That's not why I am nervous and that's nothing to me, if I get a good seat taking pics shouldn't be problem. I am, however, a little afraid that what if I mess up and don't take quality pics? :(

I am so proud of my mother and happy to be attending her graduation, her final graduation because she's not going for the Ph.D.

Does anyone have any words of comfort or anything that might lower my nervousness?

SunCzarina 05-02-2014 08:52 PM

Congrats to your Mother! My mom graduated college in her 50s too, she was so proud. That'll get you through the nervousness - watching how happy mom is!

gsdsar 05-02-2014 09:00 PM

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Congrats to your mom!!! As an older person back in college I know what a task it is!!! You SHOULD be proud of her.

As for taking pictures, just take a lot!! Focus on her sitting, then as she walks!!! Try to get shots of her taking her degree and then shaking hands, then walking off. Use other people to get your focus right. Practice on other graduates well before your mother walks so you get everything right!!!

You will do awesome. In the end, it's the memory not the picture!!!

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Gretchen 05-02-2014 09:08 PM

Don't be nervous about messing up. There will probably be other photographers in the room, maybe even an official one for the graduating class so hopefully the students in the graduating class with share photos.

I graduated with only an AA in nursing a few years ago when I was 48, and honestly I could care less about the photos and the ceremony. What was most important was how my family had encouragement for me over the years and supported me. Those memories will always be with me, like how my husband mopped the kitchen floor on his birthday because I was too busy studying for an exam to do anything.

You sound like such a loving and thoughtful daughter, I would think just your presence alone would be so meaningful to your mother. Relax and enjoy the day! And please pass on to her how proud even many strangers, like myself are of her.

Susan_GSD_mom 05-02-2014 09:38 PM

Yes, PLEASE pass on our congratulations to her!!

Two things I can think of with your camera (and if you are way past this advice, ignore it and forgive me ;) )--

First, keep your hands as still as possible. Just a little jiggle will blur your photo.

Second, frame your image. In other words, if your camera has a zoom, use it to zoom up so that just the essentials are in the photo-- All of your mother, the person presenting the diploma, and just enough area surrounding them to make a 'frame'.

Again, if you are way beyond these basics, forgive me! Relax, have fun, and don't forget to pass on our cheers for her!


readaboutdogs 05-02-2014 11:42 PM

Congrats to your mom! All good suggestions! As I understand all the pros take many pics and only keep a few of those as the quality they are looking for! Maybe keep a story line going? Getting ready, before, after, the celebration?! The great thing is you can always delete or enlarge and cropp! Have a great time, all of you!

Stevenzachsmom 05-02-2014 11:57 PM

Pictures can be tough. Some graduating classes are huge. In that case, you aren't close enough to get good pictures. My daughter just graduated with her BS in December. We got our best pictures "after" - Cap & Gown, Big smile, Diploma in hand, surrounded by happy, supportive family members. There is generally a professional photographer taking shots of each grad. Proofs are sent out, with the option of buying them.

Don't be nervous. Enjoy the happy occasion with your Mom. I can't imagine going back to school. Huge congrats to her!

GSD Fan 05-04-2014 03:49 PM

I feel so much better. Thank you guys! :)

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