A Birthday for the “H” Family

Back in March I was contacted and asked to take photographs during a family gathering that was to occur in May.  The gathering was taking place to celebrate the birthday of the Mama of the family and the images were to be a gift for Mom.  I knew very little about what to expect when I arrived at the location, but was put immediately at ease when I met the family. 

A few words come to mind as I reflect on this family:  welcoming, engaging, happy, loving, adventurous, and kind. 

I love having the opportunity to spend time with different people and to catch a glimpse into a world that is unique to them.  As much as I hope my images are a gift to them, the gift is also mine. 

Just as I was leaving to drive to this shoot my phone beeped and my “Story of the Day” from Story People arrived into my email.  I almost deleted it, thinking I would never use it, but I got sidetracked.  As I drove home from the shoot I smiled as I recalled Story People’s words and realized how perfectly they fit for the birthday girl of the day.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday, J!  The enthusiasm and life that came from you was infectious.  I think these words fit you perfectly. . .

When people asked how old she was, she would say 1009365, more or less, because she was so glad to be alive that she counted every day a birthday.  She had some disagreement from her knees about the actual figures, though. –Story People

Thank you for allowing me to spend the afternoon with all of you!

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