Over the 4th of July (reread that in your best Jaws voice) we, Bella, Andrew & I, were invited to stay the weekend at my Aunt & Uncle's beautiful Stone Harbor shore house. We had 2.5 days of gorgeous weather, delicious food, belly-clenching laughs and a whole lot of family moments I felt lucky, and grateful, to be a part of. Oh, and whole heap of Fleetwood Mac tunes to make the entire getaway complete.
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I have so. many. photographs of my daughter, niece, sister, etc., and I figured it was time to create a nice blog dedicated to the most amazing people in my life. It'll be a new series, because how could it not? :)
On Sunday, April 30th, I was invited into the Lagergren's Church and home to capture the baptism of one the happiest babies ever! She was dressed in the same white Christening gown that her mama had worn years earlier, while being surrounded by a whole bundle of people who came to watch her become a child of God.
How do you write about a family that has trusted you with their memories for the last couple of years? How can you put into words how grateful and wanted it feels to have the same people return to you every 6 months? How is it that despite the vast sea of photographers available to them at a moment's notice, I'm the one they seek out?
I feel as though this blog has been thirty-three years in the making, or maybe half that time. Maybe even half of that half, I'm not sure, really, only that it's as if a Mammoth-sized bucket of truths and struggles I've lived with have been tucked away for far too many years – and the weight now is too great. I mean, a Mammoth. To wait any longer, to put off being honest and explaining things that not everyone, especially not a working photographer, openly admits to, well, it would earn me no favors. Honestly? I fear more from remaining silent than anything that may result of actually writing all the things down.