OK - this seriously was such a great session. I mean, I love all my sessions and clients- I truly do. But sometimes I leave a session with a distinct warm, fuzzy feeling for a sometimes a very personal reason. And these clients definitely warmed my heart! I met Jodie actually at a wedding I shot earlier this year. She asked me to come to her farm to take family photos of her family and their adorable little 8 month old - James. She lives on a farm. Not just a little farm - a real, 400 acre, working farm that has been in her husband's family for a few generations already. She lives with her husband and her little boy and her husband's 94 year old grandfather, Carl!
It was a beautiful afternoon and we took photos throughout the farm. Grandpa was so sweet and sharp as a tack! I have to say, the highlight of the session was being driven around the farm by Carl, on a John Deere side by side, and hearing about the history of the land. He was full of interesting stories. I was quite impressed with his driving skills (he also still drives his car!).
However, what I really kept thinking was that this has to be one of the luckiest grandpas around! What a way to grow old - watching your great-grandson grow up and being free to roam the land you grew up on! I have watched a few family members grow old in a nursing home very recently, and, to me, that can be one of the saddest ways to spend your last days. This is definitely a MUCH better alternative!
Anyway, I was so thrilled to capture these images. These are definitely times that I would want to remember forever it it were MY family - and I do think (and hope!) young Jimmy will just treasure these photos of his Grandpa as he grows old.
Thank you so much Jodie, Loren and Carl!!! I really enjoyed meeting and working with you all !!!!!