Once in awhile, a family comes along that I feel like I connect with on a different level. I can't really explain it, but I definitely "feel" it. It's so comfortable being around them and watching them love one another. Love is so fun to watch! :)
As their family tree grows, every time I see them, it's almost as if I can SEE their roots are getting deeper and their relationships maturing. So neat. Okay, yes I may be mushy...but THIS is what it's ALL about! I love this stuff...and I love this family. (and I hope I look half as cool as this g'ma when I'm a g'ma.)
If I could only show you one image from this session that would totally and completely scream...THIS is who she is......it's the first image in our lineup today. I had never met this little princess before the day I was able to photograph her, so I didn't really know much about her. In the short hour I was there, this image completely sums up what I saw in her little personality.
I'm so passionate about creating an image like this for every family I work with. Why? Because she won't be like this for long....she won't be this easy to "see"....but the cool thing is, when she's 20, her mom and dad can show her this image and tell her story after story of how she used to be just because she shines here so vividly.
Sometimes I wonder if what's in my heart comes across through my words in a clear, concise way. Hmmm...prolly not. But I promise not to stop trying to explain it. ;)
Enjoy a peek into this little princess's ( <---should that be " princess's " or just " princess' " ? ) life.
Meet my friends...also one of the builders at Edinburgh, a new community here in town.
Because their lives have been so hugely involved the past few years in developing this community, they wanted their family to be photographed there.
If you ever want to meet someone who can make you laugh until you cry...hook up with these two. They are a hoot! Love them so much. Beautiful couples sure do make beautiful kids, don't they?
So we plan to do this crazy awesome session in a building downtown, right? Then it snows or rains or something...dark clouds, freezing cold weather...nothing was jiving for us. So! We decide to do a studio session. A few hours before the we were to meet, she calls me and says,
"Tina, meet us at City Hall. We want a picture by the statue."
I said, "HAHAHHAAAAAA, that's hilarious."
long pause...................................."you're pulling my leg, aren't you?"
she says, "No. This statue (lady) is very important to my husband and is quite the symbol of old downtown Johnson City, Se's been restored and she can't move, so we want to go and have a picture with her...is that okay?"
me, "um..... yeah..... sure....... I'll........ see you there." ((( am I being punk'd? )))
Strangest request all year....but by FAR one of the funniest families I've ever met. They made me laugh so hard during our session, my cheeks hurt for an hour after they left. They have a beautiful sense of humor and even more lovely is the relationships they have with each other. I count myself blessed to have encountered this amazing family. Thanks for the giggles. See you in the Spring. :)
I love "at home" sessions because life changes.
Kids grow up.
They don't want measuring charts and pink everywhere pretty soon. They don't want to be cuddled and hold chickens pretty soon. They would simply die if they were ever discovered being crazy in love with a stuffed animal pretty soon.
I hate when this happens....but I love it. Isn't growth bittersweet? Maybe I'm just a weirdo. ;)