Today I woke up and noticed that the air was still on I walked out to the back and opened the door to let some fresh air in, but to my surprise it was 90…at 830….am…..for me in Northern California, that is hot. But I began to think of the other 49 states and what the weather was like in those neck of the woods….Florida has that great backdrop of skies and greens, and the humidity. I spoke with my sister the other day and she was telling me it was not that bad, you get use to it. My parents live in Texas and they have the heat start early…like May early. So I guess I can think don’t panic Sylvia June’s heat will come and go this too shall pass. (then July will jump out)
May and June were eye openers. I mean I didn’t know I could book, shoot, reveal and print as fast as we did . But we did. We had senior sessions, birthday bash, and Oplove back to back. We were also able to book an event near and dear to our hearts. Yolo County Spring Show 2017. It was a rockin an rollin month straight out the gate. I try to book our sessions far enough in advance to make sure I don’t lose your desired time. The Senior session for Mr Eric was no exception. Mom contacted me and booked it for an early Spring session. She made sure she booked us way in advance. Like December in advance.It was fun, it was exciting and it was her last one. s I have photographed all her children and this young man was the last and bittersweet for her. We consulted and she decided a card with favorite images was her choice. After the session we did her print reveal and yes, there were tears there too. Mom picked out 9 7×10 prints that captured her son to a tee. She also picked out the images we were going to use for his graduation announcement cards. I created this card for her and she loved it. Again, tears were all around. This is her last one out of high school. I remember when my youngest graduated high school, I felt good and sad at the same time. So, I kind of knew what mom was going through. You bring them up the best you can. Raising them from the toddler years. Guiding them through the preteen moments and then see them off to adulthood. yea, I get it. (and yes, I’m shedding a tear…again.)
around mid May we were called to do a Sweet Sixteen Birthday smash the cake session. Fun fun fun! I said, “hum YEA!! we booked it and started to give mom some ideas for portraits. Sweet Jacqueline was just that Sweet! At first she was a bit shy around us, who wouldn’t be with all the equipment and the lights its kinda intimidating (even for me sometimes.) But she quickly felt at ease and showed us her heart. She is such a great girl. After the session we did her print review where she expressed an interest in photography. That is always good to hear especially from a girl. I love to help our youth find their passion in the art. She had so many questions. I was the teacher for once. (hahaha) Mom loved the prints but wanted an album to be able to look back on the day her baby girl became a young lady. (truth be told, she was a young lady before turning 16) They choose a beautiful 8×8 faux leather book they will have years to be able and look back at and not have to worry if it will be obsolete. Albums never grow old they just become beautiful memories.
Just about the beginning of June we got a call to do the Yolo County Spring 4-H show. Talk about a lot of animals. No, really A LOT of animals. I started to get a bit nervous a week before. Steve said, “you can do it, just point the camera and I’ll take care of the lights.” Yea, and who’s gonna watch the animals!? We photographed goats, pigs, chickens, hens, rabbits, sheep, eggs, (yep, you read that right, eggs) And I have a confession to make. I am afraid of cows. (well not deathly afraid, but hey they are HUGE!) We took about 380 pictures of animals. (Noah has nothing on us with this one) But I must say it came out great. The crew they assigned to us were awesome. They had those kids and the animals going in and out in record time. After the event we edited and had to post a link to the 4-H site, (yea, still working out the “kinks” for that, but they will go up.
The last session for the month (or almost last still working on some scheduling conflicts:) was this beautiful Oplove session. When Krystal contacted me via email she stated that she had three beautiful kids. My heart belongs to the kids. They wait for mommy or daddy to come back. Some understand why they are not there to tuck them in. Some are acutely aware of their absence. Some just miss them. They long to hold daddy’s hand again. They try to be “brave” and sometimes it works, but sometimes they just ask,
“when is mommy coming home?” They question “when can daddy walk me to school again.” My heart belongs to them. Every time I do an Oplove session I pray. I thank God for bringing these men and women into my life. I ask Him to protect them from harms way, but mostly I pray for the kids. I also feel very thankful. I feel blessed to be able to photograph these families that are struggling to keep going. They stand strong with each other, and I see that. Hug your son or daughter. Tight. Then the next time you see a military family passing by or a soldier sitting at a coffee shop having a cup of coffee, thank him. Thank him/her, because of what they do, we are free to do what we do.