Disclaimer: The Russells have had their family portraits for months and months- I’m just catching up on my blog sharing!
There are few things more assuring and encouraging as having repeat clients. Year after year I have been invited to photograph the Russells. Their energy and total trust of me in their home, in their favorite places and with their kids makes my work with them a total joy. Last year as we were finishing up our session I did my best to ignore some aural migraine symptoms. “Not today, not now.” As if encouragement and positive thinking could dam the wall of pulsing pain that was knocking down my professional door. We finished the session (which was one of my happiest yet) and drove together down Sundance canyon when all at once I was no longer able to push against the tide- I burst into tears. “I have a migraine! I’m going to barf. ” Shelby kicked her heart into high gear as Jon pulled the car over time after time, dry heave after gag. Oh to just throw up!
After a nap in their cool, quiet basement, essential oils, tea, water, “it’s okay”, “you can stay as long as you want” I felt well enough to drive home. From then on I have considered Shelby a friend. Since our latest Autumn session, I now call her a close friend. I could rave on and on about Shelby and I realize that this whole, “I took their family photos and now we’re friends” thing is becoming thematic but how could I quiet the warmth of support and love that I’ve inherited from this “job”? I can’t. Sometimes God gifts us just the things we need through our work and our passions. Tonight I feel right that this is my life. A life filled with the fact that it’s okay to let the dam break because behind it is a good that no effort can hold back. Even when it hurts, even when we want other things.