I was first contacted by the anniversary couple's daughter, who is the mother of 2 of my former first graders. I loved having both these girls in my first grade class and now they are all grown up... and one of them has 3 children! Can I really be old enough that some of my former students have children of their own?! This seems impossible... wasn't it just the other day they were little ones themselves? My how fast time goes by!
The day of our session was perfect... sunny, blue skies and a moderate temperature. We met at Hedges Boyer park in Tiffin. At first I was a little concerned because some of my favorite spots were WAY too sunny (no one wants a group of "squinty" eyes in their photos!), but then I found a nice shady spot near the creek. The Millers probably didn't know this, but I had a mini photo shoot with my nephew and his prom date about 30 minutes before they arrived. Yes, my camera was "on fire" (one of my oldest friends responded to my "on fire" post on Facebook stating that she would call me "Katniss Rombach"... she is hilarious). (If you haven't read the Hunger Games, this is a reference to a character in the book.)
I really enjoyed working with the Miller family. Everyone was so cooperative and relaxed. One of my favorite photos is posted below. I told the group to look at each other. This, of course, makes everyone start laughing because no one knows who to look at. I think I even heard someone make a remark about being like the opening of the Brady Bunch show! I love when I can capture people really having fun with their families. These spontaneous pictures are the ones that really come alive when you look at them.
After we finished the group shots, I wanted to take a few of just the anniversary couple. Cordell and Deanna were absolutely ADORABLE!! I know, we always think small children are adorable, but for me, couples who have been married 50 years, just melt my heart. You can literally FEEL the love these 2 people share. I love how they hold hands, I love how they put their arms around each other, I love how they LOOK at each other, I love how sweet it is when they kiss... let's face it, I LOVED photographing these 2 incredible people. I hope you can see what I'm describing in the photos below.
I'm sure anyone who looks at these pictures can see what a wonderful family Cordell and Deanna have created! I'm honored that they trusted me to capture this very special moment in their lives.
P.S. I have to give a little "shout out" to my niece Kate. She was an incredible photographer's assistant on this shoot! Thanks Kate!!
I posted this one above... but I love it with the little color blocks
(thanks Rita at The Coffee Shop Blog for this nifty little action!).
My niece Kate... a most EXCELLENT photographer's assistant!!