On my way back to Chicago from New Orleans PartnerCon, I made a quick stop to Beavercreek, Ohio where I was excited to greet the end of my busy wedding season with some time spent with family. I had previously planned on photographing my cousin, Taylour’s, senior portraits while in the area. But what I didn’t know is that I’d also have the opportunity to include my other two cousins Alexa and Kennedy, Taylour’s sisters, in a photo shoot. This was my third photo shoot before heading back to Chicago, and it was such a fun way to end my trip with these beautiful girls.
Once back in Chicago, I was able to sort through my photos and discover one image in particular that quickly became one of my favorite images from this year (top image). Having spent significant time with Alexa, Taylour, and Kennedy growing up and during college, I know how different each of these girls are, and I was amazed at how the photo captured each of their unique personalities. Almost immediately, I knew that I needed to get this image printed for my aunt who hasn’t had a professional photograph taken of her three girls in about ten years.
With Christmas approaching, I couldn’t think of a better gift to give my aunt. I went ahead and had the photograph printed on a 24X36” gallery wrap and was blessed enough to have my extended family pitch in to give my aunt this wonderful gift. This past weekend my extended family got together for Christmas, and after everyone had finished exchanging gifts, I was able to present the gallery wrap to a soon elated and tearful aunt.
It’s in moments like these that I can’t help but be reminded of why I love being a photographer and hope that my photography will continue to capture and derive emotion.