You know how sometimes in life little things happen that become big things, but you don't even realize it until much later? This has happened to me recently...some of the changes were not even mine, but they impacted me none the less.
I have never considered myself a people photographer. It is very intimidating to me to have an expectation placed upon my art. However, due to circumstances beyond my control I ended up doing a family session for a dear friend and her precious family. Her original photographer was going to be out of town when all of her family would be together during Christmas week. After much encouragement from her girls (thank you L. and J.!!) she asked me to fill in. She knew I was not a people photographer, because she has asked before and I declined. But life being what it is and Providence doing what it does, this time when she asked I said, "Of course!"
Her circumstances were a bit extreme as her son and family would soon be leaving to go back overseas to his duty station and her daughter and her family only had a few days off for Christmas. All she wanted for Christmas was to have family portraits done. Time with family is precious to her as her children and grandchildren are hours or oceans away.
We decided on a day and time.
When the day came, it was overcast and rainy and I felt so very bad that she may not get her Christmas wish!! I had almost made it to her home when she called and said we should try for another day. I wanted to cry for her...she so wanted this. Her daughter called me back after lunch and said, "Let's do this. Let's make it happen." So we did!! I went back to their home. It was still overcast and slightly drizzly when I got there. We started looking at places to do photos on their property. Because it was still slightly drizzly we opted for right in front of their little shed, also known as the man cave, because of a tiny overhang that would allow them to stay a bit dry. My son was holding an umbrella over my head and my other two children were hootin' and hollerin' behind me to get the attention of the Littles....these turned out to be my very favorites of the shoot!!!
Sweet, sweet family!!!
I like to call this one, To Train Up a Child....
Not everyone is a fan of black and white with a highlighted color, but she loved this one, and that's what counts!!! But truthfully, I loved it too!!
I went into this adventure not knowing how someone else's circumstances would impact the direction of my photography.
I came out of this adventure knowing that I want to capture many more such moments for as many people as I can!!!!
Family is precious.
Family time together is precious.