It’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.
What 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*
So 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.