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