Sometimes there are families that I get to meet with this business that reminds me of my own. The type of family who does most everything together. The kids are all pretty close in age and grow up together, sometimes even having birthday parties together. The kind of family that clears out a section of the bleachers when they come, because they all come to support and cheer on their kid. That’s my family (sorry for the people we sometimes run off because of that LOL), and that’s Jake’s family.
It would be tough to find a more genuine crew out there, and Jake is blessed. Farming is deep in their veins, and Jake even wrote a poem about it that we incorporated into one of his senior portraits. In this picture (that you’ll see below), he was wearing his grandpa’s belt, standing in their family field.
We hopped around to a few places during his session- their farm, a special place back in the woods near the bayou, the Gillett welcome sign & football field, and even his grandma’s yard. Speaking of his grandma’s yard- Jake wanted to do a few of those corny ‘senior pics’ that was hot in the 80’s and 90’s, so the ones you see with the tree are what we came up with. I must say though, his mom and I laughed because they weren’t THAT bad!! I wasn’t surprised at his request- this is coming from a guy who’s group of friends decided they all wanted to grow mullets, and brought the ‘business in the front/party in the back’ to 2019/2020! They’ve got guts, humor, and know how to make a memory!
Here are some favorites from Jake’s session. Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- families who come back to me over and over for portraits are giving me the highest honor I could ever achieve. There’s no award or trophy that can compare to a returning client, and for this family and every other family who returns to me, I am humbled and forever grateful!
I know you’ve heard talk before about people being a natural born athlete. Some people just don’t have to work hard at it. They can pick up any kind of ball or racket or glove, and after a quick lesson and a few throws, kicks or swings, they’ve got it. Christian is one of ‘those’.
He loves basketball, as you will see below, but surprisingly to me, he said soccer is one of his favorite sports to play. He has only been playing a few years, but he’s hoping to be able to play in college! Let me just say, also, that although he loves sports, his academics are his main focus. Christian plans to attend Harding University in the fall. He has some big plans for his future, and I must say, after meeting his mama, I can see where he gets his inspiration.
I can’t make you wait any longer to see these….
Here are Christian’s favorites:
Christian Tatum, Star City High School Class of ’20
I love it in life when things come full circle. Unknowingly, this happened for me with Alex. She was chosen as a member of my 2020 Street Team, so when we met at her meeting to plan out her sessions, I found out just who she was!
Delta had a wonderful principal when I was in school by the name of Miles Lowe. His wife, Mrs. Peggy, was our school counselor. There wasn’t a basketball game that I remember going to that he wasn’t there. He was a great example of someone who loved their job and their school. He was stern, but he was also forgiving. Mrs. Peggy was wonderful as well and was always there to help. She always had a smile on her face! She suddenly passed not long after I graduated high school, and it was a loss we all felt. I often wondered how Mr. Lowe was doing since I haven’t seen him in several years.
At this meeting, I found out that Alex is his granddaughter! I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear this, and to be able to catch up with them on how he was doing now. Everything made sense once I found out, because Alex is a lot like them the more I get to know her. She was blessed with wonderful parents, but even more so with wonderful grandparents (on both sides!)
Alex chose to do our two season senior package, which included a full summer session and a full fall session. They were both so much fun!! Wait until you see her grandfathers car that makes an appearance in her fall session….just wow!
She probably gets tired of hearing this from me, but I always tell her how gorgeous her skin is. Those freckles!! Gosh, I pray she never wears anything to cover them up!
Here are favorites from both of Alex’s sessions ❤