This past year we made the collective decision for my parents to move in to our guest house. It was a conscious decision before it became a necessary one. With Evan being the last of the grandkids still at home, I secretly and selfishly want him to enjoy them while they are still healthy and active.
It's been a big adjustment for them going from 1800 to a cozy 900 sq ft. 70+ years of memories and furnishings has not been easy to pare down. They are still extremely, and sometimes stubbornly, independent. Sometimes I don't see them for a week, even though just they're across our backyard.
The roles are reversed...I worry about them like they're teenagers.
It's dark and they're not home yet.
They should have been home hours ago.
Where have you been?
You could have called.
I was worried sick.
Turn off the lights after you use them.
And then there's those mornings I get to walk across the yard and sit in my mom's kitchen and have coffee and breakfast with her. Like those rare times when she didn't work the night shift at the hospital or had to leave early to serve at the Church.
Knowing your mom is still at arms length when you need her. It's the most comforting feeling in the world.
With prom and graduation around the corner – and not to mention the exciting, yet daunting idea that college will be scattering them across the country in a matter of months – it was perfect afternoon for these girlfriends to slow things down and enjoy an afternoon of pampering. Couldn’t think of a better way to spend time with your friends and documenting your last few moments of high school .
When I was segueing from sport to lifestyle and portrait photography, I decided to offer 'a Year and the Life package' to clients. The package would consist of a series of 4 sessions documenting the family's life journey throughout the year. Families could schedule those sessions around milestone events: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Sporting Events, Births, etc. At the end the year, the photos would be bundled in to a hardbound book.
Naturally, I recruited (ok...bullied) my BFF Sarah and her hubby Scott to be my test subjects. Over the course of the year and a half this amazing family braved through roller coaster of events: job changes, a graduation, the birth of their 4th child, cancer, grueling rounds of chemo, baseball games, volleyball matches, and the road to recovery.
For their final shoot in this series, we celebrated normalcy. There was loudness, laughter, and lots of smiles. Moody teenagers. Toddler tantrums. Sarah's hair is growing back. Scott, Sarah and children are healthy. Life couldn't be any more beautiful.