It was breathtakingly beautiful. I had never seen so many Monarch butterflies in one spot and they all took to the air from the branches in a matter of seconds. We had stumbled upon them by chance as we walked the grounds of Hasting’s Leduc Historic Estates and were totally unaware of them until it happened. I was hanging out with Park High School senior, Mallory, and her mom for her senior portraits. She had stepped back into the woods and all of a sudden found herself surrounded by them.
This sort of fun followed throughout the entire shoot. First of all, it was supposed to rain and we watched the clouds split and go around us on the weather app – we said God even cares about senior portraits because he definitely answered our prayers! Mal had a super busy 24 hours leading up to the senior photo session. She had just gotten back from serving at Big Sandy Camp for the summer the day before and her parents surprised her with a bonfire with all her friends then she had gone to the chiropractor, got her school photos taken, went out to lunch with friends, and even got her hair and makeup done for the shoot. I’m exhausted just imagining doing all of that! We joked that we were more on a nature hike than a photo session because of seeing all the chipmunks, Monarchs, chickens, and random animal statues.
Mallory, thanks so much for a fun time catching up a bit about your summer! We are so proud of your heart to serve the Lord and willingness to give up your free time and, let’s be real, a good paying summer job, to work with students at Big Sandy Camp. We are so excited to see where this next year will take you and are so grateful we’ve gotten to see how you’ve grown in your faith these past years in our youth group. Plus, all the fun inside jokes aren’t half bad either ;)