i just love having the opportunity to reconnect with people who i have photographed in the past and to witness their growing families, meet more of their extended families and continue to capture their lives. what an amazing and wonderful role i get to play in the evolution of these families. how special that they decide to capture a particular event or time in their lives when they are together. the photos that we take become a part of their history… their legacy.
the gift of this work is always in my mind as i head out for a session. in this case, it was joan (also known as ‘nain’ to the grandkids) who was turning 60 and being surprised with a family portrait. and i mean totally surprised… right down to the beautiful outfit that joan wore. her daughter heather had purchased it for her and it was lovely. i just love it when these sorts of things are a total surprise. joan thought she was away for a work weekend with her husband bryan. little did she know she’d be playing in the leaves with her beautiful family and celebrating in this way.
the kids were adorable and it was so much fun to see little preston at 3 and a half… he was a baby with a bow tie the last time i had seen him at courtney and kevin’s wedding! the boys threw rocks in the pond and baby nova snuggled with her mom until she was ready for a star performance at the end. joan and bryan’s kids heather and scott sang her happy birthday and it was so sweet to see her laughing and tearing up with joy.
i know that this family appreciates the gift of life, health and happiness. their joy is so vibrant… it was beautiful to see. i feel so honoured to have people trust me to capture the important moment in their lives.
thank you to everyone for coming out and having some fun. it was a memorable day that i really enjoyed. congratulations joan on this perfect day… you have so much to celebrate!