As a military family, we endure a fair share of hellos and goodbyes. Although we expect them and understand them more now, they are never easy. As I am closing the chapter on my photography business for 2010 during my maternity leave, my family is also saddened to close a chapter on times spent with the Williams family as they are relocated to California.
It was a bittersweet session for many reasons (and not just because they made me wake up at sunrise to do it!). Not only are they clients, they are dear friends. We laugh together, our kids play together, I teach one of their daughters in Sunday school and we’ve enjoyed more backyard barbecues than I can count (not to mention Leann is an awesome Words With Friends opponent!). They are a dynamic family, blessed with three *beautiful* girls. They asked me to capture their family at the beach to remind them of this place they have grown to love and the community of people who have loved them back. Preserving memories is an important part of our military lifestyle…they keep us grounded and help us remember that home is wherever our family is (and was).
Mick and Leann, you will be missed dearly. It was a blessing to photograph your sweet family before you depart — you are the best end note to a year I could have hoped for. Wishing you fair winds and following seas.