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“I don’t photograph seniors anymore…” I told Calin’s mom Diann, (sadly I might add, I love seniors). I even sent her a list of photographers that would do a great job for her. Long story short, the other photographers didn’t work out, and I decided to do it for them quietly after Diann told me she was “practically begging” me… and truthfully, she wouldn’t have had to beg very hard… I was pretty excited to do them too.

Cailin is beautiful inside and out. She even has her own herd of cattle … what? Yes, seriously!!  We made lots of memories during her senior session, and I left feeling so happy that I’d decided to take these photos for her.

Fast forward to now… Pandemic. 2020 Seniors have my deepest sympathy, but also my deepest respect and awe. The amount of acceptance, grace, resilience, and grit I’ve witnessed has been amazing. I know it has to be tough! There’s a lot to be sad and upset about, but there’s also so much to look forward to! The future will happen, it doesn’t stop for parties and prom. Celebrations will resume, maybe they won’t look the same, but we applaud you, class of 2020!

So Cailin, here’s to your future! I knew you’d be successful in life when I photographed you hanging out with your gigantic cattle …they may have freaked me out a little bit, but those beasts knew you well and love you. You were/are fearless! If you face the future with that same bravery and ambition, you will be a-okay. I’m so proud of you!! I hope you’ll keep me updated on your future plans and journey.

Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

Cailin Parks 2020 from Wild Child on Vimeo.

 

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