It was one of those days where I over committed and over booked.  I woke up that morning knowing I needed to stay to a strict schedule in order to make it to all the places I needed to go that day. By 9:30am I was already running behind. We decided to take Siri’s photos on Vernon and Mavis’ farm. Both Siri’s mom and I have known this loving couple our entire lives as they live just down the road from where we grew up. I didn’t know that our photo shoot that day would end with sitting around their kitchen table while eating home made donuts. We were about to wrap up when Mavis invited us in for donuts and I kept looking at my watch with mild panic but knew I couldn’t just use their farm for pictures and not accept her invite to visit. I sat down at her table and watched as she set down a plate of home made donuts. Donuts just like my Grandma Dale used to make. The tears started to well up and I quickly forgot about any schedule. Mavis and my Grandma Dale were best friends since they were little children and until my grandma passed away in 1991 of cancer. That day, sitting at her table, eating the same donuts that my grandma always used to make while being surrounded by lifelong friends….that is a day that I will cherish forever.

Every once in a while I shake my head when I think about everything that my photography has brought into my life the past year or two now. My photo shoots are never JUST about taking photos. We build memories.


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