In April 2011, I had a friend of a friend draw up a logo for me, I started a simple website, and I thought I'd give this photography gig a try! :) I had SO much to learn, but what I knew at the time was that I loved capturing life. I knew that my heart skipped a beat when I got to capture precious memories for families. I remember feeling so nervous, excited & honored when someone actually trusted me to capture their memories! Almost 7 years later, I still get super excited & honored when someone trusts me to capture their memories! I understand the power of pictures and the fact that life is so very precious, so capturing it for others is a task that is never taken lightly!
One of the very first families who allowed me to capture their memories way back then was the Mays Family! I still remember our very first session together! I remember meeting at my uncle's farm and having the absolute BEST time with Scott, Kristy, and their precious kiddos, Eli & Joy-Kate! At the time the kids were little bitty! I remember thinking to myself, "If every session were like this, I could do this forever!"
Here are a couple of images from our very first session together in 2011! :)
From the very beginning, there was just something special about the Mays Family! I laughed my butt off at Scott...and even started calling him "Clark" (as in Clark Griswold, haha!!) I loved that they didn't sweat the small stuff! I loved that they let their kids be kids and that they didn't freak out if something wasn't perfect! I loved that they trusted me and my vision and embraced the beauty of real, natural moments. I learned quickly that I could simply be me with the Mays Family! As a photographer, there is so much freedom in that.
As time passed, they actually kept trusting me to capture the milestones and memories for their beautiful family! And every single time, I felt that same sense of joy when I was with them.
They love life. They embrace the chaos. They find beauty in the mundane...and quite simply, they just make me happy. It has been such a joy watching their family grow and change.
Spending time with the Mays family is ALWAYS fun...and ALWAYS an adventure!! :)
I am so thankful for this precious family for so many reasons. I am thankful for their friendship. I am thankful for the encouragement and confidence they have given me since 2011 to do what I love and just be me. I am thankful for the wonderful example of "family" that they are to all who know them. They love deeply & laugh more than most. They make everyone around them better. Simply put...they are just special.
Scott & Kristy, THANK YOU!! Thank you for being with me the longest. Thank you for your loyalty and for bringing me such joy for the last 7 years!! You guys are the best!! Love you bunches and can't wait until next time!! :)
If you're reading this and are ready to have your own family's story told, then I invite you to click HERE to read more about the session experience! I would love to meet you! :)