For those of you who don't know me well, Jessica is my firstborn and one and only daughter. She has had a love of horses since grade 4 and I have taken many (countless!) photographs of her riding over the years. This photo shoot, however, was extra special. She is graduating from high school next week!
Maverick is her horse and has been a great companion to her since we moved from Chilliwack two years ago. When she was lonely and missing her friends, he was there with unconditional love.
But there is a lot more to Jessica than her love of horses. She is a talented musician, trusted friend and dedicated student. She finished her high school courses early so that she could work and enroll in a dual-credit psychology course at North Island College. Working at Woofy's Pet Foods in Courtenay and Comox has allowed her to save up enough money to take a trip to Brazil this summer to visit friends she met last year. As her mother I'm naturally a little nervous about this but I know that her friends will take great care of her while she learns a new culture and way of life.
I'll leave you with a few more of the portraits I took of Jess and Maverick this week, and one more from one of her first riding lessons, way back in 2008! Congratulations on your graduation, Jess! Your dad and I are very proud of you!