The Friends You Keep

Three days in DC, by the numbers:

4 amazing families

952 miles driven on the turnpike

54 deluxe cookies

16 Beanie Babies

Countless hugs and laughter.

So. Much. Fun.

The best parts of my job, hands down, are the friendships and relationships I get to enjoy with my clients. Year after year, we don’t just watch their children grow, we document the changes.

So many of “my families” have made me part of theirs. From newborns to high school graduations, I have been blessed to be part of their lives. And they have been blessed by having a legacy of images to tell their story and hand down through the generations.

From wall portraits over the fireplace, to small prints on bookcases and tables, and/or storybook albums, they all have beautiful portraits of their families. It is, in fact, the legacy I leave behind.

After 16 years in DC, we relocated back to Ohio, to be close to family. But that meant leaving many friends behind.

I am enjoying meeting new clients/friends here, as we have settled into our new hometown. But when four of those wonderful DC families asked me to come back and photograph them all over a long weekend, I was delighted to be able do so!

It was a great weekend visiting family and friends I hadn’t seen in two years. We ate in way too many excellent restaurants (thanks to family for putting me up) and enjoyed some of my favorite tourist sights. Jefferson Memorial, Old Town Alexandria, and the National Cathedral were all locations for our portrait sessions.

You know those friends you don’t see for a long time, but as soon as you are together, it’s like no time has passed at all. We had such fun catching up, talking college choices for those kids who were toddlers when we started, and updating the portraits for everyone.

Yes, we are planning to do it again. It’s like the old girl scout song:

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other gold”.

Thank you for your friendship! See you next time.

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