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. ;)
Last year we did a vintage nursery rhymes theme. This year, we went with *the* wood boat.
Such a great, great story behind this boat. I'll try to give you the abbreviated version and do it justice :
Granddad worked for a guy who bought this boat.
Granddad saw the name on the front and realized that it was made literally next door in the neighborhood he grew up in ... several states away from here. He tells his son and daughter in law how significant it is to him...reminds him of his childhood.
Dude sold the boat.
Granddad passed away.
Several years later, Erica (daughter in law) finds the new boat owner and buys it for Travis (son of Granddad) as a gift.
Are you crying? I am. I love significance. I love this story. I love this family.
(and I'm pretty fond of these images, too!)
This family moved to the area from Texas a few years ago...you might remember their last session Guitarzan?
You know what they say about Texas, right? Everything is bigger! True for this fam for sure...big personalities, big smiles, and hearty laughs. We had a blast...love working with them and watching their boy get smarter and smarter and smarter...