Hays senior takes graduation pictures wearing face mask

HAYS, Kan. (KWCH) -- Senior pictures for high school students represent so many things. But this year, Vanessa Dinkel wanted to make sure to mark the end of her daughter’s abrupt senior year by a historical senior portrait.

“We have the cap and gown and may not be able to use it,” said Dinkel who owns her own professional photography business. “So I decided we’re going to take pictures with it but I wanted her in a mask to symbolize what’s going on right now to mark this point in our lives that will go down in history.”

Dinkel borrowed the painter’s mask from a friend for the photo shoot.

“We’re going to take photos with it in her prom dress too,” said Dinkel. “These moments are being taken away and I don’t want anyone to think they’ve been forgotten.”

Dinkel is offering anyone in the Hays community who has a student celebrating a milestone, like graduation, a free photo. You can contact her through her Facebook page – just search for Vanessa Dinkel Photography.