Miss Hannah of the Golden Eyes, went bouldering in the Snoqualmie River :) She felt 'at home' hugging tree giants that dwarf her, as if she was a tiny woodland elf :) I've rarely had to click so fast - she moves from tree to river to rocks, from one idea to the next. Here (for a moment) stillness:
And smiles :)
This was Hannah's Senior Photoshoot hike to Twin Falls. her mom, Doreen, was there - and their pup, Stanley. Stanley covers the ground with as much ambition as his teen owner! Jo came with us as well, yay! This path is familiar to Jo because of the gorgeous rainy engagement shoot we did together. There weren't a lot of folks on the trail this day, so Hannah could switch outfits in the forest with privacy. Doreen & Jo carried all of Hannah's outfits and our camera equipment for the 2 mile hike to the waterfall, so I could try to keep up with our girl and her bouncing pup! This type of day fills me with wonder that we live in a part of our Earth that is sooooo pretty - and the scent of fresh cedar is heavenly. Praise God :)
How many hundreds of years did the tree above stand tall? A thousand? It is 5 feet across at the end! Just a child compared to giants Hannah hugged on this hike :) Hannah's Blundstones are completely apropos with her mini-dress - we had such fun making her special & whimsical woodsy-themed photoshoot!
Before attending Eastlake for High School, Hannah enjoyed the choice "Environmental and Adventure School" or "EAS" in Bellevue, WA. This middle school includes all-school camping trips, winter electives like parkour or snorkeling, and Spring week-long adventures in the western States! Her love of the outdoors is also evident in her choice to be at Camp Kalsman for A LOT of each summer - first as a camper and then a counselor.
Hannah delights in river crossings & bouldering & balancing on logs across rivers. I am not sure whether Hannah prefers the forest or the river - I think all of it rolled together - with river crossings & this enormous waterfall! This is one of my absolute favorites:
Stanley is a tall, thin, healthy, curly-haired, boisterous young dog. He would like nothing more than to leap across rivers just like his Hannah. So he tried... and splashed... and that current swept him right downriver to my rock :) It's surprisingly easy to pull a large dog out of a river by the collar! Here he is pre-splash, happy & dry with his girl:
Hannah in her happy place!
I really enjoy backlight when the sun is low. Many seniors choose a tall grassy field for their portraits. Hannah's adventure was all about using the environment where she feels her best:
I've been acquainted with Hannah since she was below my shoulders (a long time!) and it was a thrill for me to photograph her. By serendipity, my girls & I were at a Sammamish physical therapy clinic on the day when Hannah was shadowing the PTs. It was lovely to see her exuding calm and friendliness in the clinic. How natural it is that she'd like to help people recover their physical activity. My prayer for Hannah is that she'll feed the joy she feels when she is outside in God's beauty, understanding how important that is for her well-being :) I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to hike and photograph this girl one beautiful day in our Great Outdoors!