I miss seeing these friends. They were apart of an extended family in a precious time of our lives. It’s sad and crazy so much time has lapse since last time we saw each other. We enjoyed laughing about the last session we did involved “twinkle twinkle little star” about 800 times. No need for me making a fool of myself this time. It ended up being a warm but beautiful day to capture this awesome family. I enjoyed getting suggestion from the kids and trying new spots. The time was too short and I pray we don’t let so much time between visits.
Leah was one of my first friends so many years ago when I moved to Kansas City. I think the unique thing about Leah is I heard her story the very first time I meet her. I don’t know about you but when you hear someones story, you just feel more deeply bounded to them. This was the case with Leah. I have been her friend through singleness, jobs, marriage, infertility, preemies, kids, and a move. This time it’s her turn to move. I know because we have continued our friendship through my move that many states separating us won’t change the occasional check ins and prayer requests. I am grateful for a time of social media so I can continue to see glimpses into her life. I was overjoyed to have the chance to photograph her beautiful family before the big move.
It’s for bittersweet reasons I had the opportunity to photograph this family. This family is moving. For this I am sad. I am sad because my youngest walks around the house yelling Lulu, my son is full of excitement after an adventure with Finley, and my oldest recalls the giggles shared between her, Emerson, and Harper. I am sad because we exchange babysitting. I am sad because Lydsay gets me. I am sad because this family has become every so dear to my family. So all of that is the bitter in the bittersweet. The sweet is watching them having a calling on their life and not being afraid to act on it. The sweet is knowing another family doing the hard work of ministry, walking that same journey even if it has to be so far away. The sweet is knowing lifelong friendships have been formed and for this I am so grateful. The sweet is also having the chance to capture their family before we part ways. I love them dearly and so glad to call them friends.
A photography session is often a good excuse to travel to Kansas City and see a friend. This was one of those sessions. Kristin and I have become friends over the last few years. When I lived in KC we occasionally enjoyed playdates and kid free lunches. I had not seen her in several months since I had moved. So when she called to set up a session I was excited at a chance to photograph her beautiful family and a chance to catch up a little.