When Chloe's mom, Jen, reached out about photographing Chloe's senior portraits at Fields Pond Audubon, I was thrilled to learn they lived just five minutes away from me. Jen and Chloe wanted to support a local photographer, and she told me they were also happy to realize we were so close. We planned to spend most of our time at the Audubon, a 229-acre sanctuary that we're lucky to have right down the road. It has walking trails, access to water, tall fields, and a cute little wooden bridge – a dream for senior portraits.
Jen told me upfront that Chloe was pretty quiet and would rather spend her time reading or hanging out with her ducks than doing many "typical teen" activities. As an animal lover who loves to read, I felt we were kindred spirits before even meeting. Jen then asked if I might be up for heading to their house at the end of the session to document Chloe spending time with her ducks. Let me tell you, the excitement I felt at that moment was through the roof. Photographing Chloe with her ducks was hilarious, and I loved seeing how happy she was with them. It was also incredibly educational because Chloe knows her stuff– after all, she plans on becoming an ornithologist. I asked a million questions about the differences in her ducks, and she consistently provided a very thoughtful, well-educated answer. It was a fantastic experience for me.
Here are my favorites from our time together!
Senior Portraits at Fields Pond Audubon by Hailey Crabtree
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