Monthly Archives: January 2013

I wouldn’t ordinarily blog a job like this one, but James is a special case. When I was a kid, my family and I were heavily involved in our community theater group. When I say heavily, I mean I mark my teenage years by what show we were doing at the time. We all refer to benchmarks in our lives by them. Like, I got my braces on during “Little Women,” and off during “Guys and Dolls.” I met James when I was 13? James? 13? I don’t remember how old I was, but it was during “Red, Hot and Cole.” See. There I go again.  James was family. They all were.

Years passed…and I grew up. I’ve lost touch with my “family.” I love it when our lives intersect with where our shadows used to be. Mine did just that yesterday. James called me a few weeks ago. I was in shock when my caller ID said his name. He needed headshots for his grand re-entrance into the world of entertainment. We spent the afternoon together. Laughing. Realizing how much we had in common. Remembering. Looking to the future. All the things that a family does together. In between talks, I’d snap a few pictures.

Though many of the people aren’t in my daily life anymore that used to be, their influence is deep.

 

I met with Ashley towards the end of the summer about shooting her wedding this May. She and I hit if off immediately. We started discussing engagement sessions, and I expressed my desire to shoot one for she and Jason. “Well……I live in Colorado now.” Jokingly I said that I’d never been to Colorado, and didn’t mind flying out there to shoot their engagement session. To my surprise, she agreed. I had my bags packed, and in mid-September was Colorado bound.

We went to several different locations to shoot. I wanted to see as much as I could in the day that I was there. Our last location was in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was breathtaking. The leaves were a little ahead of Georgia’s in the change, so I felt like I got a preview of fall while I was there. It was a visual delight, as are they. 😉

More pictures can be found on Glendalough Manor’s blog: http://www.glendaloughmanor.com/blog/index.php/2013/01/jason-and-ashley-engagement-photos/

Family time is so important in this fast paced culture that we live in. The Patels were so elated to be together, under one roof for a few short days. They asked me to come an photograph their entire family, as a gift to their mom and dad. The family welcomed me into their home with open arms.

My cheeks hurt from the serious smiling I did while processing this session. I enjoyed my afternoon with this amazing family. It goes down as one of my favorite sessions ever. Their generosity, kindness, and laughter will stay with me always. Thank you Patels.

 

…and then they invited me to stay for tea