This couples session in Canal Park was never going to be just another session for me. I met Molly when she was a sophomore in high school. I was coaching the local speech team, and we had just cast Molly as a mean bunny. Through her high school career, I watched Molly bloom with determination and grace. Any role asked of her, she brought her whole heart and soul to it. After graduating, she was just as ambitious. Chasing her dreams to be an EMT, now paramedic. She brought that same heart and soul to her career, which has opened her heart to a lot of beauty and a lot of pain.
I’ve been keeping up with Molly’s adventures on social media. Lately, she’s been experiencing the worst of the worst at her job. Maybe not surprising as a paramedic tends to see people on their worst days. When Molly found out I’d be spending some time on vacation in Duluth, she reached out to schedule a couples session. “I think I could really use a pick-me-up.” So we scheduled and dreamed up a romantic little sunrise session by the lakeshore.
Of course, Mother Nature had other plans for us. With snow predicted for the morning of our session, we decided to move the session to be a sunset session the night before. “Maybe we’ll get a cute sunset,” I suggested. Unfortunately, we got cloud cover. At first, I was feeling bummed because who wouldn’t love that golden light over the water!
But, at the risk of sounding cheesy, Molly and Jason made their own sunshine. Hugging, kissing, smiling, and laughing. The cloudy skies made for some incredible backdrops as the horizon and waterlines melted into each other.
“You look infinite,” I said.