When Emily McCartney was in fifth grade, her mother finally let her use one of the holy grail's of the household, the family's digital camera.
Seven years later, McCartney is still clicking away.
"I enjoy making every shoot different," she said. "I think it's very important to incorporate their personalities."
The Throckmorton senior is talking about her clients for Emily McCartney Photography, many of whom are close friends who are also close in age.
"We have fun with it. I can just talk to them, and they're not stiff," she said.
McCartney tries her best to incorporate her clients hobbies and interests, and in small towns, that means sports. One of her most recent photo sessions was with Seymour senior Macey Siegert.
"Getting my senior pictures taken by one of my great friends makes for a really great time," she said. "
McCartney says that comfort level is the main reason for successful sessions, adding that if they don't act like themselves, the pictures won't show their true personalities.
"We're able to do it in their environment, and I think they have a lot fun," McCartney said with a smile.
Emily McCartney Photography has grown in the last year, but part of that is because McCartney's athletic career at Throckmorton was cut short. During the first basketball scrimmage of the season, she landed awkwardly on her right knee, tearing her ACL for a second time (first during her sophomore year).
She says her passion for photography got her through a tough time.
"It's kept me busy. When I couldn't go to practice or I don't want to go a track meet because it makes me sad, at least I can go out and take pictures, and I find joy in that," she said.
In the near future, McCartney continues to book senior photo sessions and sessions with families. She'll be attending Texas Tech in the fall and plans to major in agriculture communications. She says the future of her photography will be based on her experiences in college.