Having a son that plays Hockey at 8 years old, you really see how much hard work and dedication goes into this sport. From traveling to play in tournaments, to figuring out equipment, to practices at all different times for 8-9 months, it is a sport that truly turns into a lifestyle. I know mom and dad of my next Class of 2020 senior know this all too well.
Carter Mazur has been playing hockey for a very long time. He started when he was 4 years old, and apparently as mom put it, was a “learn to skate dropout” But clearly that worked out because he quickly became a stand out player as he grew up and played more. It’s no surprise that his talents took him to spend his senior year of high school playing in the United States Hockey League for the Tri City Storm in Nebraska. I loved being able to capture some action hockey images for him with his Little Caesars jersey, the team he played on before heading to the USHL. Senior portraits are not just what happens to the senior during their last year, it’s the entire high school career that leads up to this moment and ultimately shapes who they are this final year.
From starting at the hockey rink, to doing some nature photos at my home studio, and then headed downtown for some other photos, made sure there wasn’t a dull moment during his session. Carter said he enjoyed the entire session, which is always my goal when photographing seniors.
Carter plans on heading back to Nebraska for one more year of junior hockey then hoping to make the step up to Michigan State University in 2021! He graduated from high school in Kearney already, but said his favorite part of school was going to 3 classes a day! I’m sure the practices, workouts and games kept him busy the rest of the time. Advice for the upcoming class of 2021? Carter says “Just enjoy every moment, you’ll realize how fast time really moves when you get to your senior year. You just need to take full advantage of it!”
Right now during the Stay Home order, he is staying in touch with friends and family with facetime and calls and playing video games. He is also missing seeing all of his friends outside of the house because of the order. He has some sound advice for other Seniors though. “Spend time with your family now before you head off to college next fall!” This is the perfect time to do that, and I”m sure his mom and dad will agree.
A few fun facts about Carter. He committed to Michigan State University to play hockey when he was in 9th grade! He also came home from his first season in the USHL without his front left tooth. Which ironically first got knocked out by a non hockey related injury(just some fun info I picked up from his mom at his session!)
If Carter could have any super power, it would be to fly. “Because I’d love to just walk out of my house and fly to where I need to go.” That I feel would be an amazing use of that power!
Please leave Carter some love as he has finished his senior year, but had to have it cut short as well as the time with his friends because of COVID-19. It was an absolute pleasure photographing you Carter and I hope to catch a hockey game sometime with my son in the future!
You can check out his whole session below in his senior video!