You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu
Dream photoshoot!! Seriously, this was a dream photoshoot!! These are the kind of photo sessions I want to do time & time again! It’s so important for us to document and hold tight the people in our lives who mean so much to us. These images are a treasure just like these three folks are!
When Vicki called and asked me to photograph her parents, and specifically focus on their hands, I tried to act all cool, but I was like “Yes, Yes, Yes!!” Vicki wanted to capture her Mom, a beautician who still cuts hair 3 times a week and her dad a farmer, who still works their farm and tends to the cattle. I couldn’t have stepped into a warmer, friendlier situation if I’d been coming into my own parent’s home! Dot & Richards’s love for each other and their family was evident all throughout their house. One of the first things I noticed when I walked in was the smell of fresh bread baking! Turns out, Dot makes a few loaves of gluten-free bread every week for Richard who can’t eat gluten (she cracked me up with her story of the Red Lobster biscuits that she can eat & he can’t…but it’s her story and I’ll let her tell it.)
There’s so much I could say about this session…the haircut, Dot’s daily bible study, Richards truck, how funny he was and how dedicated to Dot he clearly is! I deliberately left in many shots where he was cracking us up with his silly faces and antics!
Even though I only stayed a little over an hour, I left feeling like I’d spent time with old family friends. Bringing home that yummy loaf of bread was a real added bonus!
Thanks, y’all for letting be a small part of your wonderful life!
~ The Weepies ~ Simple Life & ~ Bob Dylan ~ Forever Young
Coco Chanel famously said, “a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”
Well, this next post isn’t like any other post I’ve ever written…but then again, when a friend is diagnosed with cancer we find ourselves doing things we never imagined. Elena was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctors are pretty certain she’s going to beat this bugger, but not without a nasty round of chemotherapy which will more than likely cause her to lose her hair… Rather than give in and let chemo take her hair, she decided to be a badass and cut, or more appropriately shave her hair off, the day before starting chemo. I was honored and touched that she asked me to document this big event for her. I reached out to the best barber in all the land…Misty, with Maxim Barbers, and asked if she would meet us and cut Elena’s hair. What do you think she said? Of course, she said yes, and to guarantee we wouldn’t have to wait, she met us on her lunch break. Although we don’t always feel like there are good people out there…let me tell you there are and Misty heads that list!
I picked Elena up and she came out wearing a beautiful gold sparkly dress, with what she referred to as her “badass black boots”. Wearing these pieces reinforced both her beauty and strength! When we arrived at Maxim and Misty greeted Elena like a long lost friend and made what could have been an awkward situation feel as natural and comfortable as possible. Snip, snip, shave, shave and 30 minutes later Elena walked out of Maxim out a strong and confident badass, ready to tackle what lies ahead of her and change her life!
Thank you, Misty, for being so kind and generous, you truly are one of a kind.
Thank you, Elena, for letting me be a small part of this journey of yours! You’ve got this supergirl!!
~ Anna Naklab (feat. Alle Farben & Younotus) ~ Supergirl