James J Hill House Senior Portraits – Cole

I love St. Paul! I love that it is a big(ish) city trying to be a small town. I love the obsessive care the city gives to its historical neighborhoods, like Summit-University. Here, the streets and architecture surrounding the James J. Hill House launch you back in time.

Cole and I have a shared affinity for historic buildings. When he and his mom told me they really wanted to take photos in this neighborhood, I was pretty much counting down the days until the shoot. We spent as much time looking at and talking about the homes we passed by as we did taking pictures. And of course, I threw in a mother-son photo as we wrapped up, and it's probably my favorite one I've ever taken. Look at those smiles!

Special thanks to the folks at the James J. Hill house for kindly allowing us to wander the yard for some of these great images.

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