"Kids grow up so fast." Photographer hopes families document new school year, even if it is virtual

Posted at 8:11 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 09:39:06-04

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WTVF) — While many kids are starting up school this week without leaving the house, a Middle Tennessee photographer still considers it a milestone.

"Kids grow up so fast, and from one year to the next it is a big change," said Alejandra Ramello. "You really want to document all the stages."

Ramello, who has a child entering her senior year of high school, recognizes that this school year is different.

"This is a special year on so many levels... When we go back in time and we see pictures of previous hard times and hardships, we think back on those years and we say those [were] tough times and special times. So it's still really important to document it," Ramello said.

This month, the portrait photographer is offering a mini photo shoot of a student for $85.

"I love the candids... the real emotion of the moment being sleepy, bored or distracted," she said.

Ramello is offering the sessions outdoors in the Brentwood area and at a social distance. She brings props, including an antique school desk, a letterboard and cleaning supplies, which she positions in the pictures and uses on the props between shoots.

"Right now I'm really trying to make [back to school] really important for families," she said.

Ramello's business took a hit this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is working hard to make the most of it.

"My bookings are down significantly. I think this year has been challenging, but we have to look for opportunities in everything," she said.

Contact the photographer here.