Monthly Archives: May 2013

Suspenders + Love

Sometimes life is simple. Sometimes it takes slowing down and enjoying a good story once in a while.  Today I took the time to do both, slow down to live simply and enjoyed a great story.

Earlier this evening I visited with my grandparents.  Although, this wasn’t something unusual I did get to experience a different side from both, my grandmother and grandfather. I got to experience the telling of them, their love story.  I asked one question, “how did you two meet?” It seems like such a simple question, such a question that you would think I would have the answer to, but unfortunately I didn’t.   My grandma began by telling me that they have now been married for 41 years.  This is when I saw it.  You know when someone gets that “look”  or as cheesy as it sounds that sparkle in their eye when they remember/ relive a happy memory? “JCPenney’s,” she said.  In probably one of the oldest strip malls in Crawfordsville, IN used to sit a JCPenney’s.  There, they worked together for years.  My grandpa was a country farm boy who people who worked at the store didn’t understand, where as my grandma made plenty of friends and was quite the social butterfly.  Sooner rather than later, she formed a crush on him.  It wasn’t long before she started watching him closely.  We laughed as she told me that “If any young girl got near him, or flirted with him at work I would find a job for them to do in another department.”  When finally her crush for him evolved into them actually dating, she recalled their first date.  “We had gone to watch Holiday on Ice.” She said they just laughed and laughed the whole drive to Indy and she will always cherish that first date, as most people usually do.

When they both had realized they were perfect for each other, the somewhat quiet farm boy and the rather rambunctious socialite, decided it was time to get married.  This proved difficult in such times, however.  My grandmother had been married and divorced once before.  When they had approached her Nazarene Church about not only allowing them to get married in that church, but also marrying them, the church refused.  The belief was that she had not only sinned for getting a divorce, but was also not allowed to be apart of that church in general, the same belief would be passed to my grandfather as soon as they had wed.  So this led them to the Trinity Methodist church.  There they had met Reverend Jump who was more than happy to marry them.  The three of them along with my grandma’s mother, who was the witness, were married and left to start their, as of now, 41 year journey.

Much of their long journey has been filled with happy times of vacations in Tennessee where they’d rent a cabin.  They’d go on road trips and long drives to take in the scenery.  They’d love to go and discover antique shops.  My grandpa collected so many neat things, like shaving mugs of all sorts, some he still has today.  They’d go to different restaurants and watch country singers live, today it’s the live versions on records.  It was these cherished moments that a life filled with love doesn’t let you forget, but rather allows you to slow down and take in if you allow it.  Both my grandparents have grown and changed, and now instead of enjoying long drives together it’s the company they share by sitting in the living room together while my grandpa listens to his country records and my grandma lies on the couch and reads her newspaper that they enjoy. It’s the time together with loved ones that become the moments we don’t forget, sometimes put aside and not recognized, but always recalled.

My visit this evening lead, not only to me learning about their story, but also taking a few photographs of the both of them that will be cherished by not only me, but my entire family for years to come.  And I only left with one question, “Where did the suspenders come from?” but that’s another day and another story.

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Holley: A Pretty Gal

This photo session has been a long time coming.  Trying to schedule a month in advance proved difficult, but all we needed was an incredibly beautiful day and we FINALLY found luck this week with such.  This world, is Holley.  Isn’t she one fabulous gal?

I’ve known Holley and her family for quite some time now, and one of my greatest memories of her as a young girl was when my best friend and I thought we would make great chaperons for a boys and girls club field trip to Holiday World.  We were roughly 17-18 years old and Holley, along with a group of her friends, were about 11-12 years old.  A young girl and her entourage were surprisingly exhausting to watch over! The day was filled with excitement and fun, tears from fear of a roller coaster, one lost locker key, lost money for food, impatience from having to wait for the others to finish up their riding of rides to go home, and many bathroom breaks.  Even though my best friend and I told Holley and the other’s parents that would probably be the first, last and only time we ever chaperoned again it was a fun and good experience minus the small hiccups! It’s amazing now, however, to see  what was a small young girl, transform into such a beautiful young lady.  Finishing up her 7th grade year she has found success in school, dance, and softball.  She has blossomed into her own funny, witty, and talented self and I only expect for her to continue doing such and to do  incredible things as she grows. Below are a few of my favorite images from our session!

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Paige, isn’t she lovely?

Ever since I can remember I have been constantly taking photographs of my youngest sister, Paige. Not only do I get to see the transformation of her becoming such a wonderful and stunning young gal, but I get to see the changing of my style and the realization of the rewarding pay off from practicing the craft, itself, as well as the gained and well used lessons I’ve learned from my internship.

It’s not often my sister can be back in our hometown of New Market, IN. So when she is, I always try to jump at the opportunity to doll her up and work out my creativity. Most the time willing, she has become one of my go to models to try different locations, different lens, poses, etc. With her go with the flow attitude, she is such a trooper even in some of the, dare I say sketchy, scenarios such as jumping from a massive tree for a shot just for the name of photography! Less sketchy and risky these days, here are some of my favorite shots of the lovely lady!

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