The first thing Catie said to me when we met for her senior portrait session on a beautiful fall November day was “I hate fall and don’t want any leaves or fall-y things in my pictures.” As I looked around at the very rustic, very “fall-y” location we agreed to meet, I felt sad to abandon the perfect warm sun streaming through the last of the leaves and golden grasses, but I had the perfect spot in mind – a place I’ve been waiting for the right person to photograph there.

My hometown of New Brighton has some great old cobblestone roads, graffiti covered tunnels, and lots of other cool semi-urban, definitely not fall backdrops for us to take advantage of. So that’s where we headed. I did incorporate a liiiiiiittttle fall into the pictures, but it was “Catie approved fall.”

Catie is spunky, tough, and confident with Beyonce good looks and a passion for life. In fact, she just recently had ACL surgery and was on crutches for our session, but that didn’t stop her from scaling a hillside and a stone wall to get to the perfect location for shots with her snow board. I found myself yelling “Yaaaassss!” more than someone of my age should during our session because Catie totally ROCKED it!

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