Shooting Bittersweet

7530_squareIt’s so amazing. And humbling. When long time, long ago friends contact me about doing a family shoot. I love it! And as always, I think I raise my bar for wanting to do excellent work even more. That’s why I was so happy to get to meet and take family portraits of my friend from school, John Shimek and his beautiful (I mean, REALLY beautiful) family! The occasion is what was bittersweet. They were all together — the two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two of the most strikingly beautiful little granddaughters I’ve ever seen, who happened to be leaving for Belgium for three years just two days after the shoot. They were all so close, and so obviously had alot of fun being family. It was great hanging out with them for the evening. That was the sweet part.

7504What struck me all evening was how much, their five-year old reminded me of my own little five-year old granddaughter. She had a similar striking beauty, very similar expressions, same adorably girlie mannerisms, and same special bond with her Nana and Papa. Being such an empathetic person by nature, I was really feeling how hard it would be to say good-bye to such an important part of your life for 3 whole years. *snif*

7523_squareSo thankful for Skype and instant connections via Facebook and texting. I actually remember being five and living in Germany with my military family, and grieving horribly for my grandmother the whole three years. But we had no way to connect back then, so at least easier connectedness for the Shimeks will hopefully make the time apart more manageable.

I’m so grateful for the privilege of taking these photos. So impressed by the family. And so wishing a fast three years. Or… maybe a couple of fun trips to Belgium for vacations!

About Sandy

I'm Sandy Powers, full-time photographer, doing what I love with my life! My passion is PEOPLE! There is such artistry in people, and I love capturing it. Naturally, portraiture is my passion, but I also love shooting for the art of photography for competitions or exhibit. I once watched an interview with Kim Walker, a well-known Christian worship leader. What she said resonated with me and pretty much describes my own story. In the interview, she said she didn't have to force things to happen for herself. She didn't have to push. She didn't have to overly promote herself or call people and beg them to hire her. In fact, she didn't have to do anything except keep her eyes on Jesus and watch Him bring her destiny to her. That's exactly how I feel. I walk each day by faith, and my eyes are on Him! I have watched in amazement as He has orchestrated circumstance to bring my destiny to me. I thank Him daily for allowing me to not only do what I love, but to use what I love to bless others! So, how is "the destiny" unfolding? Well. . . . My work has been juried into temporary museum and art gallery exhibits, I have been featured in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, my portraiture and fine art have won several awards in national and international competitions, and one of my portraits was selected by an Adobe Lightroom blog as one of the top 50 most stunning black and white photos. I'm a member of Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Photographic Society. Anything else??? Send me a note ( any time! I LOVE meeting new people, sharing stories, and best of all, changing the "ordinary" to extraordinary through photography!
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