I have a really big, beautiful family where reunions easily rival a small town’s population. As one of 44 grandchildren, I have a lot of first cousins. Unfortunately, most of them live in Amarillo so it’s not often I get to see them or watch their children grow up. Facebook at least provides a tiny glimpse into their worlds. When my cousin Tandy and I finally planned her daughter’s portrait session around a time she’d be in Dallas, I was beyond excited. We’ve been talking about it for several years and to finally see it come to fruition warms my heart. Her gorgeous 7-year-old daughter, Sarah, was adopted as a newborn and I’ve loved watching Tandy and her husband, Danny, give this girl an amazing life filled with love, guidance and – oh yah - her own place in our big, beautiful family.
To be honest, I was given the heads up that Sarah does not like to have her portrait taken. Oh how I love it when a parent tells me this. I just take that as a little challenge and can’t wait to see their faces when the final images are presented. It is then that I’m able to appreciate this gift even more. I adore children and to be able to connect with them through my photography is a blessing. Sarah and I made it a collaboration and in doing so, she simply captured my heart. Tandy and Danny, I hope these favorites from our afternoon do her sweet soul justice. It was truly an honor and I hope we can do it again! May you continue to grow in God’s love and be the amazing parents she was so blessed to find. You inspire me.
I’ve had this dress for a while and was itching to use it. Sarah was a little hesitant to see my “vision” at first but I think she rocked it. I kind of wish it fit me…
I brought this little flower wreath for her hair just in case. I know they are super popular right now but I couldn’t resist. And I’m glad she indulged me. Tandy is a big Mumford & Sons fan (as am I) and this line from their song “After the Storm” kept playing in my head when looking at these images so I had to do something with it.