One thing I love about towns in northern Minnesota is that all of them, even my own little Iron Range border community, has The Pit. No, not a crummy, run-down establishment, but a relic remaining from a iron mine that was, which now often serves as a summer recreational spot (AKA: A good ‘ol-fashion swimming hole).
When Emily had decided on locations for her senior session, this included a stop at St. James pit in Aurora; when it became clear that this was a popular destination for many on this warm late July evening, we resorted to Plan B: A bridge up near the ski resort Giants Ridge.
This provided everything we could ever wanted, and proved to be the perfect place for a senior photo session. It was also the perfect place for Emily to be herself.
Emily’s self is a sweet, gentle demeanor that gives way to a solid sense of humor (and a little sass, which is always awesome during senior portraits). She has a smile that could melt ice quicker than the late July sun we shot in…but then also had a “serious face” that could freeze it back up just as fast. Emily has a game face that any competitor should fear (and she has two sports, volleyball and basketball, where she can use it), but has a kind smile (which thankfully she shared naturally and without reservation).
Emily dominated her senior session by not only being open to ideas but bringing a few of her own, allowing her to take ownership in this time we had together, no doubt like how she will dominate her senior year (and beyond). The world and our future is ours for the taking, and Emily clearly has plans to continue to seize any opportunity that comes about, not just the day.
Here is Emily, Class of 2019…