I'm guessing we met Cole's family shortly after we moved to Dublin. They are just one of those families... They're fun. They're good people. They have great kids. They're just the kind of people you're glad to know. Over the years, I've photographed them---mostly at swim meets because our kiddos all swam together until this year. Cole and my son, Aidan, played soccer together. Nothing like sideline bonding among parents. ;)
Cole is an awesome kid. To see him at swimming, playing with and mentoring the little swimmers tells me his chosen field of teaching will be absolutely perfect for him. I have no doubt he'll be a great teacher. We only did a quick session and will do more later but I truly enjoyed our time together and I look forward to taking more photos again soon.
(Pardon the iphone photo) When I got home, I found that the box wasn't empty. It turned out there were two trays. The visible one was empty. The hidden tray was quite full.
I love family photos. And they don't have to be of my family. I love that moments get captured and kept forever so you can bet I looked at every one of those slides. I loved seeing the photos of our local high school homecoming. I was sure someone had accidentally donated their precious memories and I knew I couldn't just get rid of them. I held onto them. I called our school district to see if they could help me but as fascinated as the person on the other end of the phone was, I never got a return phone call. I made a few other calls but nothing panned out. I put this beautiful box on my shelf. It sat there until today.
For whatever reason, this afternoon I realized that the internet might be able to help me solve the mystery of who this family is and help me reunite the photos with their rightful owners. I scanned a few dozen of the photos and created a facebook post. And that's where things get crazy---like this world is REALLY small kind of crazy. I
have this gorgeous, funny, smart awesome friend named Stacey who I adore and who (wisely) is not addicted to social media. She moved from our little town of Dublin to Southern California a few years ago. Of all days to decide to see what's going on in Facebook world, she chose today. I wasn't on her news feed. She saw that I liked a mutual friend's photo and clicked on my name to see what I've been up to. She saw this post about the mystery family---a mere fourteen minutes after I posted it. People... SHE KNEW WHO IT WAS!!! I had goosebumps on my goosebumps!
Can you believe it?!! I mean. Really... What are the odds that the mystery family and I have a mutual friend? She went to middle school with one of the young men in the photos. His name is Tom. She called me and we conspired about how to let this family know we have these photos. She found Tom on facebook. She tagged friends who knew him. I tagged him in the post and I sent him a message on LinkedIn with my phone number. Within another 20 minutes, he knew about the photos and we were talking on the phone.
He was as blown away as we were. Turns out, he moved from Dublin to California, too. He only lives a short distance from where Stacey does now!!! His parents had downsized from their family home and as we all know, downsizing means donating... to Goodwill... for me to find... and after 3.5 years.... to give back to them. His parents are less than 3 miles from my home. I am meeting them in a few days to return their slides to them.
This is just a handful of the nearly 300 slides contained in that tray. I love the stories: family get togethers, school functions, the sports, the love... Honestly, it just really makes a heart happy. Apparently, a lot of people agree. Our local news channel heard the story and shared it on their website. How wonderful to see good news being shared.
See the story HERE.
I hope this made your heart as happy as it did mine. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Happy Easter!
Can we talk for a minute about babies? I mean... Tiny humans are one of my absolute favorite things! Honestly, if things had gone my way, I'm sure I'd have had at least one more, maybe 2... I think Andy's a bit relieved that we stopped at three.
Babies are just the best... I find being around babies to be a big stress reliever and I like to consider myself a bit of a baby whisperer. So.... when I got the chance to hang out with baby Micah, I was on cloud nine!! I mean... LOOK at him!! Could he be more gorgeous?!! And he was an angel!! I predict a supermodel career for this handsome little man. BIG congratulations to his parents and I can't wait to hang out with him again!!
In a "normal" autumn, the leaves change color and then fall to the ground. This usually happens around the middle of October. This past fall was different. Fall lasted longer. It was drier. In some places, colors changed but in a lot of places, green leaves just died and fell.
Since I have a lot of clients that really want photos in the fall leaves, this presented some scheduling challenges for me. God bless those that stuck to their appointments and took the leaves at whatever color they had. I was so grateful that people didn't try to switch and reschedule that I opted to use my friend Photoshop to give them what they wanted.
Here's a little Before and After for you....
By altering the greens to oranges & yellows, it creates the look of a later fall. What do you think?
When I woke up this morning, I was feeling like I'd conquer this day. Then I realized, it was a holiday... and my kids were home... and my husband was home... and my mom was home... and it snowed... and another little surprise or two... you get the idea.
So as I was sitting on the couch wishing I had accomplished a lot more today, it dawned on me. I can still write up a cute little blog post. Right?
Now... This one won't be what you've come to typically expect from me. It's a session but it was really meant for a business. Have you ever heard of Zip Zone? It's an adventure park right off of Route 23 North of Columbus and when they added a new attraction, they wanted some photos for social media. That's where I came in.
I have to say, I don't think I knew what I was getting myself into. I was climbing. I was walking across wires and wooden bridges. I was many feet up in the air---with my camera---photographing people who are FAR more adventurous than I am. And as humiliating as it is to admit, they were quite a bit younger than myself.
You can thank me later for leaving out the photos of me strapped in all that gear. Super grateful those didn't make it to social media!! Those are tucked safely away on my LOCKED phone.
If you're ever in the market for something to do with your kids or maybe your office needs a group outing, I can't recommend this enough. I had a great time. I felt a little boost of confidence at having tackled the course and am looking forward to going back with my family.
You know what else I'm looking forward to? Warm weather! These photos warmed my heart on this very snowy January day. Perhaps I should flash back to Summer a bit more in the coming weeks. We can do this. We can make it to Spring!