I remember photographing Austin before he started school. He had an imagination that didn’t stop, and we always had such fun. If I remember right, we even acted out some stories – he was always up for anything. And even then, he could visualize how he wanted his photos to look. That really hasn’t changed much, except he doesn’t have quite as much time as we used to take for pics when he was little. I knew Austin would have a vision for what he wanted with his senior pictures, and he did just that. Nothing special he told me, but what he didn’t realize is that his vision really was special.
You see this young man loves the land, dirt running through his fingers, and he understands the importance of family ties and traditions. For him, farming is far beyond just a way of life – it’s in his blood – a part of who he is. Austin has farm blood all the way to his boots. On any given day in the right season, you’ll find him cutting hay or doing whatever else needs to be done. It’s long hours, tiring work, but it’s one of the biggest blessings one can experience. Growing up on a farm doesn’t always produce an adult who will follow the crowd, or sit quietly when they don’t agree. But it does bring up a child to love nature and have a healthy respect for the working person. And with school, Austin also actively serves the Allen County FFA chapter, and brings his love of farming to blend with all the opportunities our local chapter provides. I’m so thankful for our chapter and the opportunities it gives our students.
Austin, I’ve loved doing every session for you over the years – all the way from sword fighting days to letting the dirt sift through your fingers. I appreciate that you love your roots and respect the land. Here’s hoping that you have an amazing senior year and beyond. I’m over here cheering for you all the way! Love, Pat