One of my favorite things about this senior portrait shoot of this Colorado grad (other than her fabulous leather jacket and scarf), was how this shoot started. This senior’s mom greeted me at the country club by giving me a big hug as we caught up on what’s been happening since the last family portrait session we did. Giggling like a high school girl herself, she smiled from ear to hear. Her happy tone ramped up a couple notches as she slyly said, “We’re going to have to book you again in April.” A little confused, I took a moment to get what she really meant. To make it crystal clear she patted her tummy. Laughing in joy she said, “I guess as one leaves the nest we get to add in another!”
Both generations smiled genuine smiles of true happiness…which made for one really, really fun and memorable senior portrait shoot.
Taken at Arlington National Cemetery while out in Washington, D.C. for a funeral. The sad beauty of so many lives loved and lost of those who have sacrificed for their country, their family, and their beliefs. It is a humbling and life-changing experience to see and reflect on the beauty and brevity of our time here. Life is truly a gift, and how we use it and lose it is a gift of impact we leave behind on our world.
This cutie couple comes with a cute story. As the bride sat jittery in the bridal suite at Mount Vernon Country Club, she looked at me and quietly said, “I want to pray with him, can you arrange that?” Looking around the venue, I found a half door in the back hallway just steps from the bridal suite she’d been hiding out in that was perfect for a pre-wedding prayer. Not wanting to be seen, I hid him behind the half door and arranged their pre-wedding meeting. With a prayer just between the two of them, they held hands and gave a quick kiss through the door and parted ways…only to be joined twenty minutes later in happily ever after.
As an extension of last week’s Black & Wednesday photo, this one was taken the day before my best friend’s wedding as the bridal party hit the black lava beach in Kauai to relax and enjoy the views before the big day. After hiking in and ready to hit the beach, we had our choice of going right on the white sands where all the other people were, or going left to the forbidden lava rock tidal pools to explore the great beyond. Of course, the boys chose to go left.