Summer Senior: Alexis [Wild & Wonderful]

West Virginia holds a special place in my heart. Every summer, since I’ve been 5, has been bookended by a family trip to the state.

After a long trip winding through the hills and down a dirt road is the land where my great grandparents home once was; now a destination for a semiannual family reunions. Each Memorial and Labor day is a chance to get together with family and close friends, reconnect, relax and have fun. I have countless memories and many things I always look forward to from this place: day-long four-wheeler trips taken through the hills, rolling in mud in the middle of a field, dinners gathered around the campfire, and just spending time with everyone. Tucked away from most phone service or even electricity and running water—there are campers and we bring water so I still shower :)—it’s a chance to separate yourself from the day-to-day, be with the people who matter most and enjoy everything. 

The rolling hills and wooded landscape surrounding the area is truly breathtaking, so when my Aunt mentioned to me that she wanted me to take my cousin Alexis’ senior photos there I was beyond thrilled. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m glad that I finally had the chance.

Alexis and I—with a little assistance—spent our morning just wandering around some of my favorite areas just snapping photos. It was one of my most relaxed shoots and Alexis certainly helped that along by being such a natural behind the camera. 

“All my memories gather round her, miner's lady, stranger to blue water.
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky, misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye.
Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
West Virginia, mountain mamma, take me home, country roads.”

-John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads