The way this session came about, the soft sunlight, the bright green scenery and fields covered in rainbows of flowers – all together made for one amazing afternoon, for Kate and for me. I met Kate’s family over 8 years ago when I decided to start a photography business. Her family was one of my first official family portrait sessions. Kate must have been ten or eleven. I had talked *hopefully* over the years of doing her senior portraits when it came time, but there’s always so many turns in life, you just never know.
Earlier this summer I came across one of my old postcard ads with a photo of Kate’s younger sister. It prompted me to reach out to Kate’s mom and say hello. Within a couple hours she wrote me back – her and Kate had just been discussing senior photo options and packages. They knew I moved to Atlanta…but they didn’t know I was headed back for some time up at my cabin. Long –> short, they had about a 10 day window for her portraits, and I had booked my cabin stay over the same time. We discussed a few details and fate sealed the deal.
Some moments (and some photographs) are simply meant to be.
…Kate, hoping you’ll smile wide over the last photos on this post. I sure did – we’ve both grown!
I met Mark, his mom and sister for a shoot in Castle Rock set up by Developmental Pathways of Denver (an affiliate of the Sun Foundation.) I found out Mark loves taking selfies and was eager for someone else to take his photos for a change. He is a great story teller and definitely keeps a captive audience. Two of his stories were from a trip he took to Disneyland – he started laughing as he relived the moments. He had some funny encounters with Mickey and Minnie Mouse that involved their costume pieces. As he told me about pinching Minnie’s nose and taking off Mickey’s headpiece, his eyes smiled and his personality shot right through the camera. All I had to do was have my finger in ready position. Mark’s sister, Stephanie, kept him on his feet and made sure he wasn’t cheesing it too much. Stephanie and Mark’s mom even jumped in a few shots. We all enjoyed the time together and I don’t know that I could have started my morning off any better. Thank you Mark, Susan and Stephanie!
Kicked off the morning in Clarkston, GA at Refuge Coffee Co.’s 5k and kids fun run. Over 800 runners registered for the event, including the Mayor! Too many smiles and laughs to capture in one post – the atmosphere was so light and joyful. All of the runners took part in the Clarkston Culture Fest following the race – more pics to come!
I met Carrie through a childhood friend a few years ago for a session with her and her kiddos. We reconnected back at Hudson Gardens for some headshots a couple weeks ago. What started out as a quick portrait session turned into a stroll through the grounds, talking, laughing and catching up on the turns in life. Carrie is resolved to get her massage business up and running, but not just to make ends meet or provide for her kids. She wants to create a safe, quiet place for people to come and receive some healing along their journey –through touch, conversation or just being still for an hour. It always does my heart good to see others pursuing their dreams!