i know who you are…” she smirks and replies “well i know who you are!” these were the first words i ever remember sharing with becky. 15 years ago, we were apparently aware of each other’s existence. life fast forwarded through years of continuing to run into each other at youth group and other events. we both went to nursing school. i ended up leaving virginia and settling down in spain and she continues to live in her hometown. at some point down the road we also became friends and have seen each other go through the ups and downs of our twenties. today? we met up in virginia, again, and i got to see her as the mother she has becomes. her and enrique are a power team, parenting the cutest mexican kids in the world with their adorable occasional words in spanish. they also stare at me, seemingly skeptical that I speak the same language as their father. it fills my heart to just see this family interact and see how much they genuinely love each other. i hope that through time i can continue to see them grow and know them better.
we were surrounded. in a small fishing town with about 12 houses, just the five of us. we were surrounded by the gorgeous trees, the atlantic ocean, the fishing boats and came and went, and lots and lots of lobster cages. cynthia, brandon, and i met up in northpoint (maine) to get some family photos of them and their gorgeous kiddos, roz and ryder. we went to the family wharf and made new memories on top of old ones. rozelynn gave all kinds of sass and dramatic poses. ryder kept things super cute with that small child innocence. i love that we finished off the session with a mommy reading of “where the wild things are” on the stairs. too cute not to share, i simply surrender!
time won’t stop. it became clear to me the very first time i took photos of a wedding client, now turned into a parent. i was reminded of it again as i took photos for this family for the second time. it doesn’t seem like it was so long ago that manu, eva, and i took julene for a day in the beach and fun photos to follow. back then i am not sure she was even three years old. this time around it was her little sister enara that looked at my camera with a shy smile and much interest. we traded in the beach for a nearby natural park and we spent a lovely time between cartwheels, ducks, and a friendly tug-of-war. fun as can be, i can’t help myself but wonder what will become of them as time goes by. who knows, maybe i will even be their wedding photographer one day. because, like i said, time won’t stop… so why should they?
their love crossed the ocean. their love beat the odds. i grew up with many babysitters, people who came and went in my life as my parents, anglican missionaries in spain, helped all kinds of different people get their lives together. people came and went, but only a few stayed. one of the few was this man, miguel. he has always been a part of my family, he’s my honorary uncle. he taught me latin and roman history when i was just a homeschooled kid. he took me to the emergency room when i was little, be it when i cracked my head open against a nightstand or when my lips turned blue from my asthma kicking in. then i became a teenager, and whatever i was going through he was still around to give a word of advice or encourage me. i remember once noticing that even though he was always hanging around with my family, he didn’t have a family of his own. i didn’t quite understand. how could such a stand-up man go unnoticed? life got busy, time went on, and surely enough he didn’t stay unnoticed for long. it was while he was working in the canary islands, far from friends and family, that he found yaneth, the woman he is now proud to call his wife. they were separated by thousands of miles, as she was at the time living in her native country of venezuela. but you know what? that didn’t stop them. like i said, their love crossed the ocean. their love beat the odds.
fast forward a couple more years, through times of living all over spain and more recently of making the big move to england, and miguel is surely not alone anymore. a proud father of two with a glowing smile for his sons samuel and xabier. they recently visited us and while catching up on everything from love, to family, to traveling the world, the subject somehow moved to photography and we ended up booking a family session right then and there! this was definitely a special one for me and i can only hope that it was just as special for them. getting to create some of the first family portraits for this fantastic family was both fun and a tremendous privilege. the kids and i came up with all kinds of games to keep things unpredictable and we even made their parents strut their stuff for the camera. all in all, an unforgettable experience. all i can say is, i hope it’s the first of many!
Three days. That’s how long Endika had been in this lovely world when I first met him. With the cutest wrinkly hands and the funniest little expressions, three days is how long it took for him to conquer the world. His daddy Niko, one of the Blues’N’Breakers, had a really fun time throwing musical themes here and there. Needless to say, little Endika rocked it! 🙂