One of the worst things about being a portrait photographer is also one of the best. Meeting people. I say it’s one of the worst because from the start of a session to the end of the session, most times I feel as if we have become family. I get to know each member of the family not just by interacting with them but by watching them interact with the people who are closest to them and know them best. Sometimes thats where you get to learn them the most. Ok MOST of the time really.
It’s what I absolutely LOVE about sessions with people I don’t already know, however, it is also hard to say good bye at the end knowing that your job is done and there is no guarantee that you will ever get to see or spend time with the precious people you just created a relationship and bond with.
I realize to some people that may seem absolutely crazy. You have only known them an HOUR. But for me, it starts from the very first contact I have with someone, then to have it build from there to the moment we finally get to meet and then poof its over. It really is my least favorite part.
Especially when it comes to wonderful dedicated families like this one.
I say dedicated because this family spent more than 4 hours on the road traveling to take these photos. Even as a photographer I don’t know that I would want to do that for my OWN family portraits. But I am SO glad and SO honored that they did and that I had the pleasure of getting to do their session for them. Again, at the beginning of the session we were strangers (mostly) but by the end of the session I felt like I had gotten to be a fly on the wall of their lives and it seemed as if I had known them for years.
Robin- Thank you so SO much for making the trip. I hope that after so many years that these photos will be the portraits you have waited and hoped for. I also Pray that God would continue to have his hand on you and your sweet sweet family. It was so wonderful watching the love you all share. The sparkle in your eyes and in your husbands eyes when you look at each other, the laughter that comes so easily between you all as a family, even the joking picking between your children. I pray that as you continue to grow together that God blesses your relationship and that the joy you share splashes over onto everyone around you.
It was SO good meeting you, and though there is some distance between us, I truly hope it will not be the last time I get to serve your family.