For those of you who’ve followed my work since I began, you know that it has grown tremendously since I first started. This came from pouring hours into photography books at Barnes & Noble, analyzing and dissecting the work of my favorite photographers, and being poured into by people like Kerry Mills.
Back in Spring of 2011, Kerry replied to a request I put out about second shooting. I was seriously tripping over myself in responding to her. I was a huge fan of her work and seriously could not have felt more unworthy to have HER follow ME. Needless to say, I was both honored and terrified. One of the biggest journeys as a photographer is filling in your own shoes–being more comfortable with who you are and less distracted by who everybody else is. Kerry–hands-down–helped me along that journey. Her confidence in me and willingness to work alongside me through some serious growth was one of the best gifts of that year.
I know I have you all swimming in a pool of sappiness right now, so I’ll bring the emotions back down. Just want to reiterate that the road I’ve traveled to get to where I am today was filled with people who kept me going along the way. I am truly blessed to have experienced the camaraderie, support and/or mentorship from so. many. talented. photographers. Whether an email, or a car ride, or phone call… every little investment made a world of difference to me.
(Okay, seriously ending the sappiness now).
So, naturally when Kerry asked me to photograph her family this Spring, I was thrilled at the opportunity! Kerry and her family were a BLAST to photograph. I seriously wouldn’t have believed Kerry if she told me how well-behaved and photo-loving her boys are. Holy moly. Talk about making my job easy! This Georgian Spring has been bipolar, and we just happened to land on a chilly, windy day… but the session was warm with laughter and love, regardless.
Kerry and Family,
I (obviously) could go on and on. But, seriously, thank you. You have no idea the impact your small encouragements have made on my heart. It was a delight to get to capture you guys in this season. I am SO grateful that the Lord allowed our paths to cross, and hope that–even if merely by facebook–we get to keep in touch a bit as the years go on. You two are incredible parents and have raised some five-star-two-thumbs-way-up kids. You give me hope for the years of parenting that lie somewhere in the future. I pray God’s rich blessings of love and peace as you continue on life’s journey together. May these photos always be a sweet reminder of your time in Georgia.