Molly. There must be something with the name…. every Molly I’ve ever met has been so nice and sweet. This girl is no exception! I have photographed two of Molly’s four older siblings for their senior portraits. I’ve also photographed her family on a couple of occasions. Through the years, with every encounter we’ve had, she’s always been the sweet younger sister, quiet and smiling.
What I learned was that Molly has another side to her as well. She’s a strong soccer player playing defense for the Armstrong Falcons varsity team. Molly is also a giver. She has been raised in a family who values serving others. She frequently volunteers her time on mission trips and in local feed kitchens, such as Feed My Starving Children, just to name a few.
For Molly’s session we stayed with in Minneapolis. Molly wanted a mix of urban and greenery. Like many of my other seniors this year, she loved the Stone Arch Bridge as well. For me it was important to give Molly a session she wanted but still have it be her own and not like every other senior I’ve photographed at this same location.
I enjoyed watching Molly’s confidence boost as the session evolved. It usually takes about 30 minutes for my clients to relax and let their shoulders down. I try to show the back of the camera a few times to say “see, you’re gorgeous!” (I love the smiles that come from this.) Once they see this the rest of the session usually rocks on. The last shot I took of the night is in the bottom right of the collage of images. It took me a few minutes to get the settings perfected on my flash (ocf), but once I captured it, I showed it to Molly. Amazing! I think she finally understood what I was trying to accomplish. Hopefully she also thought it was worth waiting while I ran back to my car to get my battery pack that I had forgot.
I did spare her a hug after her session since I was sweaty and stinky from running around.
After high school Molly plans to pursue business and is considering St. Thomas University.
A heartfelt thank you to both Molly and her mom for trusting me again to document such an important time in your family’s life.
It has been an honor to be a part of so many milestones.