Oct 25, 2016

Breanna || Class of 2017

Although I am in the process of moving towards weddings being my main photographic focus, I can’t and don’t want to forget the people that have supported me and believed in me all along the way. You’ll start seeing more wedding and anniversaries and fewer portrait sessions in the future, but scattered among the wedding related posts you’ll see these core families and people that have been with me through the years. The people I’ve come to get to know and love. They’ve lifted me up and I want to buoy them up in return. “Thee lift me, and I’ll lift thee, and we’ll ascend together.” Today I have just one of those posts for you!
When we moved to Silver City I was asked to teach a Sunday School class at church for the kids that were turning 12 that year. My first Sunday there it was quite apparent who the leader of the pack was and who the kids looked up to. She was mature, fun, smart, and she took everyone in under her wing. 
In the 6 years since then, I’ve watched Breanna grow up and those amazing qualities about her have just strengthened and blossomed even more. The McDonald family welcomed us so warmly into their lives when we moved there and I love having the chance to stay connected with them and to see each of them serve, work, and love. 

Picture day for Breanna fell during her Fall Break. Know what she was doing for Fall Break? Helping to work cattle on their family ranch. In fact all morning before the shoot Breanna, her Dad, some of her siblings, and her grandfather were all out working the cows together. This girls knows how to work hard! 

I had to throw this next one in. Just had to. This horse had a sense of humor. We got so many with a tongue sticking out or a yawn.

Breanna, her sister, and 5 of their friends all play in a country band together called The Turner Mac Band. They’ve played at the Southern New Mexico Fair, the Grant County Fair, family parties, and community dances. Breanna plays the violin/fiddle, bass, guitar, and sings beautifully! It was only natural to include that part of who she is in the shoot!

I asked her if she would play something for me while I shot, and she just whipped it out right there on the spot. I can’t think of much better than being out on a gorgeous New Mexico ranch surrounded by friends, bathed in gorgeous light, and listening to a violin reverberate off the hills. It was amazing!

In the 4 years that I’ve been doing pictures with the McDonald’s we’ve done them at the same place on their gorgeous ranch. And yet every time it looks different, yet completely gorgeous! We’ve done photos at the height of summer with the “fried egg flowers” in full bloom. We’ve done a dry autumn when everything is golden and waning (and still beautiful)! This one little spot where the wash weaves through the hills, supporting a stand of cottonwoods and flowers, is stunning!

I told you at the beginning that leadership was an obvious part of who Breanna was, even as a 12 year old. She is the chapter president of her FFA chapter and brought her coat as part of the shoot.

Her hair!!!!

Breanna is one of these people who is going to build up the world with goodness through her gentle leadership, her kindness, her inclusion of others, and her hard work ethic. She gives me hope for the future and I can’t wait to see where this next part of her adventure takes her!

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  1. Emily Lewis

    October 25th, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    BEAUTIFUL girl!

  2. Marquette

    October 26th, 2016 at 5:46 am

    She is! Inside and out, through and through!

  3. Meredith Ryncarz

    October 25th, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Love this senior session with all the details of things she loves.

  4. Marquette

    October 26th, 2016 at 5:46 am

    It was so fun to get to incorporate those parts of her and her life into the shoot! Made it extra fun!

  5. Jill

    October 26th, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    What a beauty, and in such lovely surroundings!!

  6. Marquette

    November 4th, 2016 at 3:05 am

    She is! Their ranch is amazing!

  7. Misty Christensen

    October 26th, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Pretty girl!!

  8. Marquette

    November 4th, 2016 at 3:05 am

    She really is, inside and out!

  9. Taylor Mitchell Photography

    October 26th, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Umm a horse with your senior portraits=stunning images!

  10. Marquette

    November 4th, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Right?! I was excited when I pulled up and they were walking the horse out!