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&w, simple, 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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