I’ve known Erica since she was little. But I guess I was little too because we’re only a few years apart. I was best friends with her sister and once we got our license to drive, us three girls drove countless trips out to the barn. I would try to give her advice like, “Senior year is the best. Just wait.” And, “Try to avoid high school drama. It’s so stupid.” Anyway, we’re all grown up now, we’ve graduated — from high school AND college — and now we’re in the real world where trips out to the barn are harder to come by. We have real jobs now. We have financial burdens and other priorities. Even though we will never loose our love for the barn, Erica has decided it’s time to say goodbye to Patrick, her horse. So we took a few “going away” portraits..
A few months ago, I posted about a luncheon that I attended. [Click to read about Broken to Beautiful.]
I auctioned off a portrait session with one Fine Art Print and a DVD of images. I heard, as they announced the winners of the 100 some items, that a girl named Ali had won my portrait session. Soon after, she emailed me–she wanted to do an engagement style shoot because her and her husband had opted not to spend significant money on a photographer for their wedding. Ali and Derrick lived in Chesapeake, VA, and wanted a farm-ish feel. We took the portraits at a beautiful equestrian farm, Pam Herman Farm. The owners were SO nice to let us romp around with a camera, cute clothes, and a little yorkie named Sammy. And, a day late, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY you two!!
By the way. This adorable yellow skirt is from the thrift store. She looks like she walked out of a Banana Republic catalog. Ali, can I shop with you?
I received a semi-frantic Facebook message from Jen. Phyl, her 14 year old Warmblood mare would be leaving her on Sunday. Jen has had Phyl since high school [she is now 3.5 years out of college]. Phyl went to Virginia Tech with Jen, to Georgia after graduation, and now to Wilmington. But on Sunday, Phyl will go back up to Virginia to be ridden and loved by a younger generation of Horse Girls.
It kind of sounds silly. I mean, it is after all, only a horse. But I know how hard it is to say goodbye. Anyway, I did what any best friend [who happens to also be a photographer] would do. I drove to Wilmington, NC and did a portrait session with Jen and Phyl. Oh. And the little black and white cutie? That’s Jake. Him too.
What a precious little family!
This is the only girl you’ll meet who loves zebra print and camo equally.
I was shooting Jen, and turned around and saw little Jake looking like this: