When I moved in with my husband and his parents in Powder Springs in 2001, I quickly got to know many of the neighbors. We lived in a cul-de-sac that would have little block parties and cookouts throughout the year...especially in the summer. The Weber children were among the children of the cul-de-sac. The girls, Jenn and Becky, would come over and play with Halee, whom I would babysit. As Erich got older, he became like a little brother; he would come over, raid our fridge, and talk about school or ask for advice about girls.
Over time, several families, including ours, moved away. The block parties were a thing of the past, but we still kept in touch. I saw the girls regularly in town and even took some photos of Jenn's daughter when she turned 1. However, Erich joined the air force and went overseas. We kept in touch through Facebook and messaging. Through the internet I got to learn about his girl friend, Tanisha. i got to meet her one weekend at their parents house when he was home, and was invited to their wedding in California. Unfortunately I was unable to attend. (I did live vicariously through their photos though) When I learned that Erich and Tanisha were expecting, I was through the roof thrilled! Recently, Erich and Tanisha came to bring J to meet his grandparents, aunts, and other relatives. Erich contacted me shortly beforehand to arrange for a portrait session with his sisters and their families. It was an honor for me to do so.
We met up last Saturday. When I arrived at Sweetwater Creek State Park, I got a bit apprehensive as our session happened to fall on their Family Fun Day. Parking was limited and people were everywhere! Luckily, it all worked out. We found shady, quiet secluded areas (for the most part) and had a nice breeze blowing to keep us cool. The cousins enjoyed spending time together and hunted pine cones and sticks together. I even stood back for a few minutes and just captured the girls, as well as the big kids, talking and interacting; knowing that the candids needed included in their gallery of memories. Erich, Jenn, Becky: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to photograph your families. I hope that you will treasure your time together, and the photos, forever. Enjoy this peek of a few of my favorites: