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san diego child photographer | fifty-two on friday {9} family

This week’s theme for fifty-two on Friday is family!

19 other photographers from The Bloom Forum and I have joined together to challenge each other on a theme every week.  Each one of us will link to one other photographer’s unique vision. Some of my favorite themes …  b&wsimple,  shoes,  love, and fashion.

Family.  It’s everything.  I’m blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful families … my family of just us, my family in Santa Barbara, my families at school, my friends’ families in San Diego, and my photographer families.

Friends that feel like family.

If you’ve followed my blog this year, you know one of the photographers that is near and dear to my heart is Maureen Wilson, a photographer in McComb MS.  We met over a year ago in the Bloom Workshop.  Since then, she has been there for support and encouragement as I got my new business going.  We spend hours talking on the phone about everything … family, school, photography, life.

Last week we finally had a chance to meet when we were in Texas for a Face2Face workshop.  We were like little kids as we counted down the months, the weeks, then the days.  Even the morning we both left we were on the phone.  From that first hug hello at the airport it felt like we have always known each other.

What was even better was seeing our kiddos together!

Brooks and Tanner, (everyone in TX  remembered this photo of them) only one week apart in age, hit it off instantly.  They immediately began talking about angry birds and the bond of their friendship was sealed.  Little Maggie, after a short while, joined right in, too.  The three of them spent a week together; running, chasing, smiling for the millions of cameras, jumping on the beds, playing with the ipod, and charming the pants off of all the photographers.  It was perfect!

When the morning came for us to leave, I got tears in my eyes watching Brooks’ sweet goodbye hugs to Tanner, Maggie and Maureen.  He hasn’t stopped talking about them.  Gail Pomare has the sweetest post of the two crazy boys on her blog right now.

For me, the tears came more than once as Maureen drove us to the airport.  I cried at the hotel.  I cried in the car. And I cried as I said goodbye at the airport.  That’s the hard part of having friends that feel like family live so far away.

This image of our sweet kids makes my heart swoon.


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March 4, 2011 - 6:36 am

Jenny - What a priceless image. What it means, what it says to you and your son and the playfullness of childhood all captured in one little jpg. i love it. sad you had to go back to the west coast and i’m sure brooks is too. but think how much fun your next get together will be!

March 4, 2011 - 6:52 am

Delsa - This is a great story Jules. I can really feel how deep is your friendship with Maureen. Love it & of course love the picture too.

March 4, 2011 - 7:11 am

Christina - This post made me teary eyed!
It’s beautiful how photography brings people together!

March 4, 2011 - 7:14 am

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March 4, 2011 - 7:24 am

Jasmine - Oh Jules I love this! It’s perfect in every way! Maggie’s face is the best!

March 4, 2011 - 7:34 am

Andrea - Oh yeah, that is a great shot!!!

March 4, 2011 - 7:50 am

Gretchen Davis - OH Jules, what a beautiful and treasured image! Friendship is such a gift, so glad you girls have each other!!

March 4, 2011 - 7:57 am

JessicaN - Gorgeous! Look at that light, beautiful.

March 4, 2011 - 8:00 am

Rebecca Mitchell {Big Bear Lake Photographer} - So cute, I love the sun and the sass that little miss is bringin’!

March 4, 2011 - 8:06 am

MomMom - This is so wonderful. I love boys being boys and that Maggie is the one with the stick. The light is fantastic.

March 4, 2011 - 9:39 am

tamara - Made me smile and teary too. LOVE THIS and what it represents Maggies face and swagger are perfect

March 4, 2011 - 9:41 am

Natalie - Priceless Jules! Love it and the whole story behind it.

March 4, 2011 - 10:13 am

Gail - it made me happy to see the children together, it made me even happier to see their mama’s together. It makes my heart to sing to know people have such friendships.

March 4, 2011 - 10:44 am

breeze - Oh man. This is just perfect. Miss you so much.

March 4, 2011 - 10:54 am

Shea - Oh Jules! This post and this picture made me break down!! I loved seeing them all together like they had known each other forever just like all the adults that have known each other only “in the computer” but share a common bond so we all hit it off right away! I haven’t seen this shot, and I adore the three of them together and the light and them in action and everything about it!! Miss you!

March 4, 2011 - 12:39 pm

aubry - this is such a fun shot, those kids are adorable!

March 4, 2011 - 1:04 pm

Valeria - Ok, I thought I was over crying about Dallas but here I am again 😉 Gorgeous super duper gorgeous Jules!!! The picture and the amazing relationship that both your families have with eachother!!!
Love this!!!

March 4, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Jennifer Foster - I can see why you love this- childhood at it’s best- remnds me of “Stand by Me” but with two boys and a girl (much more fabulous looking though) 😉

March 4, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Jayme Franklin - Jules this is an image to treasure. I love attitude that Maggie is giving and the boys being boys. Awesome!

March 4, 2011 - 5:37 pm

Shannon - What a capture Jules! I am in love. Some people were just destined to be part of us 🙂

March 4, 2011 - 7:01 pm

The Rancher's Wife Kate - This is so lovely Jules. The light, the kiddos and the message!

March 4, 2011 - 7:16 pm

rebecca - love this post. true friendship is such a blessing. and a beautiful image, too.

March 4, 2011 - 8:11 pm

CK - Such a warm, crisp and fun image and a lovely story behind it. Gorgeous.

March 4, 2011 - 8:44 pm

hope - my favorite this week. this is awesome…the image. the story. the love.

beautiful job jules. also – i hadn’t seen that image before of the boys…seriously awesome!

March 4, 2011 - 9:25 pm

gina - oh, this post made me tear up. so special that you have this special bond with maureen! love the photo…

March 5, 2011 - 3:22 am

Jen - This is so stunning! Love, love, love!!!!

March 5, 2011 - 7:52 am

Sara - Makes me miss you all so much. xoxo.

March 5, 2011 - 11:39 am

Linsey - Oh, I love this picture! It’s absolutely darling! What a moment to treasure! It’s perfect!

March 6, 2011 - 5:04 am

Stephanie Moore - Ha ha, loving Mags attitude here it is adorable. Great shot, those kids are all so much fun!!! The lighting coming in on Tanner is awesome, love this Jules!

March 6, 2011 - 9:59 am

Carrie - This is pure perfection Jules…love the connection and the light you captured!

March 6, 2011 - 1:56 pm

Amy C - This is such a lovely post Jules! So nice to develop friendships like this. This image absolutely perfect!!!! It’s pure childhood and friendship – family 🙂 LOVE

March 6, 2011 - 2:40 pm

Amy Lucy - Two words: Absolutely Priceless.

March 6, 2011 - 2:50 pm

kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer} - Look at sassy miss thang in the middle! super cute shot!

March 6, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Stacey S - I love this Jules – the story, your friendship, and the photo is priceless.

March 6, 2011 - 4:59 pm

robyn - love love love this Jules. I love your story about your dear friendship… so lovely too that your boys hit it off so well. and i adore this image… it is gorgeous and fun. and you are so right friends can be just like family.

March 6, 2011 - 5:54 pm

suzanne - I truly love your story behind this image and the meaning behind it for your theme this week. I just met Maureen this past weekend and I can see why you love her so much. Love this image and the meaning it has for you!

March 6, 2011 - 8:24 pm

Megan Cristello - love this so much. the image.. the story… love all the little looks on their faces. cant wait to get some shots like this with your little man and my four.

March 6, 2011 - 10:30 pm

Sylvia Borgo - what a sweet, sweet post, Jules!

March 7, 2011 - 8:45 am

melanie - I’m loving Maggie’s sassy attitude! The light is beautiful too. What a fun moment!

March 7, 2011 - 2:45 pm

wendy - This was the sweetest post, Jules! What a wonderful friendship for your kids and for you and Maureen. I’m sure another meet-up is already in the works for you guys. 🙂