Cade Mullins Interview with Zoe D’Angelo Nomination & Photography by Amanda Cantrell Photography LLC Kentucky Issue 15
The Nomination: Cade is a young man I got to know when he was a sophomore. We joked & kidded on the football sidelines while I photographed the games. He's frankly like my second son. Gosh I love this kiddo. I photographed his family the year I met him & I learned their story. Cade's dad, Craig had passed away when Cade was in the 8th grade. Craig was a HS & college football player, and college coach. He had won championships on both sides. so, when it came time to photograph Cade's Senior pictures, Cade and I worked together to create an art piece to surprise his mom. Every piece of this image tells a story.
* Cade's dressed in a sharp suit w/ his Beats on (very him) * Cade is wearing his dad's championship rings * Cade has on a "Team Mullins" bracelet that folks in the community wore while Craig was fighting cancer * Cade's HS jersey hangs in the far left locker (#9 is Dad's college number) * Craig's HS jersey & college football jacket are surrounding Cade, to signify that his dad is ALWAYS with him.
THIS is powerful imagery. There is no way that a person who knows this story cannot be moved by a son's love for both his mom and his dad.
THIS is why I do what I do. Every Senior has a story. Every Senior has a vision, and a photographer who listens & works hard to make their vision a reality is a KEY to creating something more than a picture. It's ART, and an image that will mean something to not only Cade & his family, but to his children, grandchildren and future generations. This makes my heart smile & I feel honored that I was able to help him create it. ❤️
I know you love your beats, what is your favorite kind of music to listen to and why? That’s tough because it really depends. I love it all I can listen to different stuff at times. like before games I’ll listen to hip hop and rap, and when I'm with my friends its anything from Luke Combs to Drake.
Tell us about this photo. What does it mean to you? Oh, so much, it helps people take in what I represent, also how I hold myself. The lockers to start with, I've always played sports growing up and plan to in the future, that's just how I was raised. The jerseys, the first one is mine: I've always worn number 9 because of my dad. Also the other jersey, that is my dad’s high school jersey, just showing where he came from. Also, the Georgetown college jacket, that was also my dad’s. The suit just shows that I like to be classy and dress nice and have a formal appearance most of the time. The rings are my dad’s. I chose to wear those to show some of his achievements. I've always worn a white #Teammullins bracelet, that was what was made when my dad was sick. Lastly, the glasses and headphones, those are really to show class. That for the most part means I mean business. and have matured because of what has happened in my life.
What are your favorite sports? Football is by far my favorite. This is my last year of high school football and I have been playing since I was 7. I do enjoy other sports too. I like watching all other sports, but football has been my main sport forever even while playing other sports.
What are your plans after high school? I plan on playing college football, not sure where yet. I have various colleges looking at me along with 4 college offers. I want to study athletic training or sports management.
Cade was featured in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.