Kennedy | Class of 2017

Happy Fall y’all!  I am so far behind on my blogging.  I’m going to start with my most current and work my way backwards.  This is Kennedy.  Isn’t she gorgeous!  She has a beautiful soul inside of her and is so thoughtful of others, I was so excited to capture her outer beauty and show it to her.

Kennedy had a vision for her session.  She is a die hard hockey fan, which of course includes the Minnesota Wild.  She and her dad have season tickets and this is how they spend quality time together. For this reason, she introduced me to the “other” city.  I actually crossed the river and headed to St. Paul. WOW!  I wished I would have done this long ago.  I love character in my backgrounds.  St. Paul has beautiful architecture that has a touch of class when compared to it’s twin, Minneapolis.

Kennedy knew she wanted a city feel to her session and the Xcel as a backdrop was a must for her. Meanwhile, mom also had a few on her list.  Let me back up a little.  Mom is a picture person.  Like takes 1000 pictures of her kids monthly, kind of picture person.  She captures every important moment in their life.  Every important moment until last spring……  Kennedy’s Junior Prom would of course be a very important moment for mom to document.  Kennedy and her mom talked about her dress, hair, make-up, and shopped, and talked some more about this exciting time.  Kennedy’s mom was also 9 months pregnant during this time with Kennedy’s 3rd sister.  Yep 4 girls!!!  Well, as girls are, baby Brinley made her grand entrance the day before Prom.  You can imagine the kick in the stomach this was for Melanie -literally!  She wasn’t able to be a part of this much anticipated day.  She wouldn’t be able to help her daughter get ready or capture Kennedy in all of her gorgeousness.  Mom’s only request:  she wanted a picture of her daughter looking all glam in her prom dress.  Whoops!

During Kennedy’s consultation, Melanie shared this story with me.  I could see how important this was to her and the disappointment on her face knowing she won’t get this back……or could she?

We started Kennedy’s session in her prom dress.  Followed by Kennedy in her cap and gown.  Kennedy won’t be walking the traditional line to receive her diploma this year as she is getting a head-start on her college courses through PSCO.  Another picture mom wasn’t going to be able to document…..but I could!

Yesterday I met with Kennedy and her parents for her gallery reveal.  I play the gallery in a slideshow complete with music.  This is my favorite part of each session.  To see the faces of Kennedy and her parents as they watched the slideshow of her gallery, there is no greater reward.  When a senior finally see’s herself and how beautiful she is, this is why I do this!  It gives me purpose.  I left with my heart so full!

As I shared with her mom through some email exchange this morning, “Kennedy you are a beautiful young woman, but in your father’s eyes you are still 5, so we’ll just keep that to ourselves!”1-1kennedyblog2-1kennedyblog                                                                                                                                                         brinley

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