When the mom of this next family first emailed me, she wrote something like, “Hi, I’m checking on your availability for a photo session … we live on some land and have 3 horses,” and then she added, “but it’s kind of boring around here.”
“Three horses.” “Boring.”
I have to tell you, the perpetual 12-year-old girl in me got all excited when I received that email. And the session turned out to be really fun, of course.
The 3 kids were so good and put up with me so wonderfully. I never caught even a HINT of eye-rolling from the oldest two (and I believe I was a heavy eye-roller when I was that age) no matter what I asked of them. And I credit that 100% to the parents. They are definitely raising great, respectful, fun kids. When my kids are 9 and 11, I will call them back for tips.
Like I said, the kids were great. And handsome! And they had these really great cowboy hats that had been autographed by rodeo riders. It was so perfect.
And their whole home and barn and land were just so nice. I wanted to move there. Like, right onto the end of the driveway.
Because you can’t tell me that growing up in an environment like that won’t forever shape the way those kids view the world and nature and family and everything else in their lives.
I’m so envious and impressed and overall just happy about this family.
Plus, did I already mention how handsome they are? I did? Well, let me say it again.
They’ve got good genes, though. So it’s not surprising.
As an aside, you KNOW this middle daughter will take the above 2 pictures to college someday and set them in her new dorm room. And if it was me, I’d look at them the first week — when everything is new and scary — and miss my Mom so much. But by the end of the first month, I’d just look at those pictures and smile, totally settled into my new life at school, knowing my family was always there at home when I needed them.
The next picture might be my favorite from the day, actually. Nothing special. Very simple. Heavily backlit. But I just love it.
I’m so glad this family contacted me for a session. And I’m so glad I got a little glimpse into their lives.
They are lucky, lucky, lucky. And the great thing is, I’m pretty sure that they know it.