This year, with my wild engagement and wedding schedule, I’m only booking a limited number of family and other portrait sessions. But this session was definitely a little more personal for me.
About a year ago, I received a call from a spunky Kentucky gal and we chatted about a family session. She explained she’d been living in Dallas and had a great photographer there, but she had returned to her homestate and wanted someone a little more unique for this year’s family photos. Of course, I was thrilled… Emily is such a girl’s girl and I genuinely enjoyed my 30 minute phone conversation with this outgoing stranger. We didn’t get to shoot for nearly 10 months. But what happened in that 10 months prior changed my life. It really did.
I’ve lived in Campbellsville, Kentucky now for 2 years and 5 months. On a grander scale, it doesn’t seem like long, but when you’re away from friends and family, it can take it’s toll.
I knew Emily’s husband, Jason, was the associate pastor at Living Grace Church, which I had attended sporadically. In a moment of needing female bonding, I wrote to Emily, asking if they had any groups at their church. She had an even better answer than I expected. She knew some other spunky gals fresh to the state who were also looking for new friends and she suggested a more intimate book study at her home. I was all over it! And in March 2010, we began our meetings. And it changed so much. I gained new friends, a new appreciation for my new small town, I learned about 3 individuals, all of us different, yet so alike and best of all, I grew closer to God. I learned about the bible. I learned about myself. The four of us entered each other’s lives on God’s will and I’m eternally thankful.
Over the months, I also got to know their beautiful kids. “The tiny diva’s”, as Emily refers to them. I knew how much S loved the camera (see below). So, the Fox’s and I headed out to Lake Cumberland and had a ball. This shoot was more than just that. It was a “thank you” to a woman, a family, who changed my life.