Well, for seniors, anyway 🙂
I can’t believe that we are already so near to closing 2017 that we are shooting for the ’18 school year!
Dylan Reid of Poplar, Montana, is the first of a couple things this year. He is the first ’18 senior that I’ve gotten to shoot for, he’s the first senior I’ve shot for that has been homeschooled and he is the feature of my first blog post on my website!
This was fun for me, because I was home schooled when I was growing up. I thought that was the norm. I thought everybody should do it. I didn’t know why anyone would want to go to school. We got to go on trips and seen tons of things. I loved it and would totally do it all over again. Then as I got older, I heard a lot of negativity about children who were home schooled. They’re not well adjusted. They don’t have any social skills. They live in a bubble. While I have some issues, ha, I don’t think those things quite apply to me…
Let me tell you, those things also do not apply to Dylan! He is probably one of the most polite, genuine, well adjusted, hardworking and just plain normal senior guys I’ve ever met! I mean old school normal. He works on his family’s ranch and runs cattle, he ropes, he works.
He’s planning on going to Miles City Community College in Miles City, Montana and majoring in Agribusiness before hopefully coming back to put his knowledge to use here at his ranch.
We intended to do this session a few days before. Northeast Montana has been in a drought all year. Crops are not growing, and what is growing is so sparse that you can see the fields through the stalks of wheat and soybeans. So. Dry. A few stray clouds will bow in, but nothing that produces any moisture. That is, until we had scheduled our first shoot in a month or so. We head out of our front door in Wolf Point, Montana and get ready to head to Poplar. To the west is a huge, black wall of clouds approaching. I mean, it looks like night is falling at 6:00 P.M. in the middle of the summer. I’m thinking, “Seriously?!”
We check the radar. Sure enough, a huge front is moving through, and in about an hour, right when we were going to start shooting, the bright red and yellow heart of it was going to be right over our location. We head out anyway, hoping to get a few shots in before the storm. Right when we got to Dylan’s house, so did the storm. We ended up going in to the house and had a nice visit with his family and a fabulous strawberry angel food cake 😉 The rain only lasted long enough to kill the light and have us reschedule, it was barely enough to settle the dust.
We rescheduled for a few days later and this time, the evening was perfect. Dylan was a great sport in getting cleaned up TWO times in one week and letting us drag him all around his place. We had a fantastic time on his shoot. His laugh and smile is contagious and had us smiling again as we went through the pictures.
We hope you like them as much as we do!
Here are a few highlights of the shoot…
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