Mary Kate Graduation Session

Even though Grand Canyon University's growth has exploded the last few years, once you get to know someone through mutual friends, you become family. I might not see Mary Kate very often because of schedules and programs, but when I see her she always makes my day better with a huge smile and hug. I am grateful to have met her two whole years ago when we were just little fish in a big pond. Now we're bigger fish in an even bigger lake...or something like that, you know what I mean. 

She is caring, intelligent, and absolutely photogenic. My camera, the lighting, and Papago Park fell in love with her instantly!! 

Candid pictures like this are my absolute favorite. 

Candid pictures like this are my absolute favorite. 

She definitely knew how to turn the sass on. 

She definitely knew how to turn the sass on. 

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As a fellow out of stater, I loved how Mary Kate wanted to get a close up of her necklace. It's definitely true that home is where the heart is, be it Arizona or California. 

As a fellow out of stater, I loved how Mary Kate wanted to get a close up of her necklace. It's definitely true that home is where the heart is, be it Arizona or California. 

This girl was willing to do anything for a sweet shot. Not only did she handle the reflector's glare all day, but she hopped up on walls, crouched, and even went fishing (as you will soon see!)

Seriously, she is gorgeous. 

Seriously, she is gorgeous. 

"Have you modeled before?" I asked MULTIPLE times because she was SO natural. But nope! Hidden talent, that's for sure! 

"Have you modeled before?" I asked MULTIPLE times because she was SO natural. But nope! Hidden talent, that's for sure! 

Mary Kate, it was an absolute treat to get to spend time with you in the desert heat and snap these fun pics. You are going to change the world wherever you go because you have such a sweet spirit in you. And if the whole healthcare admin thing doesn't work out... you can always just become a model! ;)