Allison and I have an unusual friendship. We’re best friends, and yet we live over three hundred miles apart. “What’s so unusual about that?” you might ask. That in and of itself is not out of the ordinary; many best friends have had to move away from each other and keep up their friendship long-distance. What makes our friendship unique is that neither of us had to move away: in fact, we became best friends before we had even met each other in real life.
I have been taking some photography courses recently and so naturally I wanted to put into play some posing methods I’d been learning when Miss Hannah came over. She was the perfect model to practice on!
She closed her eyes and took his hand as he led her through the woods. The snow crunched under their feet as they walked together, and the wind whistled through the trees. They stopped, and he let go of her hand. He told her she could open her eyes; and when she did, he was on one knee in front of her. And he had a ring.
It was seven years ago in January. I remember sitting in the audience, watching Rebecca and John being united for life. It was a momentous occasion – not only for them, but for me. It was the first wedding I’d ever been to. I don’t remember too much about their wedding because I was just a kid, and kids don’t notice the details, but I do remember one thing. They loved each other. And they were excited to be married, and I was excited for them. I remember them leaving the church, and, instead of throwing rice, everyone blew bubbles. I thought it was magical, but it was beautiful and special too.
Every family has something that makes them unique. Well, this one-of-a-kind family has not one, but several things that make it unique. Personally, I’m an authority on the uniqueness of this family – and I might even use a different word – crazy. I should know because I see this family just about every day, and I’ve seen six of these children within just hours of being born. I’ve watched almost every child take his first steps or talk his first word. I’ve held them all and supervised coloring activities. I’ve taken them on walks and played with them. I’ve fought over breakfast with them and sat with them as they do their school.
Of the many influential people in my life, there is one who stands like a beacon: my mother. I have never met anyone like her in my life. I know that I am not the only one who sees her kindness to others, her servant’s heart and her perseverance. She sets an example to anyone who crosses her path, and truly cares for others. She reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman, especially verse 27: “She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
Well, ACTUALLY…it is, but I’ve seriously taken so many portraits now that I feel like I’ve got the hang of the portrait thing. I’ve photographed all of my cousins PLUS maternity pictures of my aunt! (And I get to do newborn pictures in January!) Now, I know that by now, you probably think that my blog is turning into a photography blog. Certainly three out of the six posts I published within a little more than two weeks ago have been photography, but I can’t help it! I present new ones to you today only for two reasons. One: I’ve had school, y’all, school (insert terrified face), two: I have less time (Because of SCHOOL) and therefore three: Less blog post configuring. Which means that I fall back on easy-to-make posts, like photography posts. It’s a crime, I tell you, a regular crime. I just need to sit down, write out some posts and get on with it! I shouldn’t hide behind school. Oh well, I guess you know what I’LL be working on now!
All that being rambled, I present to you some more portrait photography.
After seeing the pictures of Freedom, my aunt wanted me to take pictures of their youngest, Courage. I agreed, so within the next few days we went out to the same spot and got some pictures! Here’s what came out.
A couple days ago, I went down to my aunt-and-uncle’s house and stole my cousin Freedom for some experimental photography. I haven’t really had much of a chance to photograph people, and Freedom is so photogenic! After a lot of pointing at trees, playing with leaves, and chortling at chickens, we got our result. I’m really happy with what turned out!