I had an amazing experience the other day as I was doing high school senior photography in Inver Grove Heights. We were on a bridge at Swing Bridge Park doing some pictures of Felicia, a senior at Simley High school, when a redtail hawk landed nearby (see pictures). We looked over the bridge to where the hawk was sitting on the ground, then we watched as the hawk flew to a scenic overlook area and landed on a railing. I guess he wanted to get a better look around. 🙂 Not too surprising, right? Except there was an artist with his easel set up there. The hawk flew and landed right near the guy and sat on the railing just a few feet from him! The painter is Tom McGregor, who was really amazed by this hawk landing so close to him. Tom got out his phone and started taking pictures of the hawk. He even moved around to the other side of his easel, and the hawk didn’t get spooked! It sat there like he was a tame hawk posing for pictures! We were all just amazed at it all because not only did he land there in the first place, he stayed there for several minutes. I took pictures from the ground and Tom took them from eye level with the bird.
We talked to Tom afterwards, and we both shared our images with each other. You can see the images Tom took with his iPhone, and you can see the ones I took from our location down on the bridge. You can even see us on the bridge in one of Tom’s photos. It was just a great experience that happened while we were senior pictures in Inver Grove Heights. I have also included a few of the pictures I captured of Felicia on the bridge.
I love to do senior photography, and we always do them in the great outdoors. While I can’t guarantee any excitement like we had with the hawk during our photoshoot, I can promise you great senior photos! Let me know if you are interested in having me photograph your high school senior.