The Great Smoky Mountains are beautiful, but so is class of 2016 Central H.S. Senior Emily Heath! From photos by the water in the glowing green rainforest to the vast mountain views at golden hour and sunset, we had an incredible time shooting this gorgeous senior for her destination senior pictures in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Her family was equally wonderful:  this is the first time we’ve ever had a family cook a steak dinner for us in the middle of a photo shoot, haha (thank you guys)! They definitely have the gifts of hospitality, friendliness, and a love for the journey as they explore new adventures and views! One thing we noticed about Emily is her love for the things that mean something special to her family- like their cabin in Tennessee and all the memories that come with traveling there. It was her idea to do her senior photos there, including hiking and shooting by the water that she grew up playing in every summer! The final “hike” on the shoot was more of a drive (we weren’t being lazy, haha– we needed to make it to the top of the mountain by sunset!)- and the views were spectacular.

Soon after sunset, Emily had to travel back to Carrollton, Georgia, for a cheerleading event. Basically, she went from the top of the mountain to the top of the pyramid. 😉 She’s obviously not afraid of heights:  she even climbed on top of the goal post when we shot our football program ad with her in her uniform! We love that Emily is confident, yet approachable, and all about enjoying the moment, not the “fame” associated with being on the top of the mountain (or pyramid, or even goal post!).

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ― David McCullough Jr.

With that kind of outlook on life, we know Emily will successfully climb many more mountains and have an amazing time- and amazing views- enjoying every step! Emily, we enjoyed every part of photographing and getting to know you, from the “Young & Free” lake day fun video to the football shoot and destination photos in the Smoky Mountains! Thanks for letting us “hike” to the top with you and enjoy the view!

Class of 2017 Filling the Schedule Now!

Class of 2017- it’s your turn! Late summer and fall shoots are already being planned and the calendar is filling up faster than ever this year- make sure you don’t miss out! Read about the details of our senior sessions or fill out our contact form to get in touch! We look forward to getting to know you and collaborating with you to create your dream senior shoot!

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