When spring arrived and the redbuds bloomed, I couldn't get my camera out fast enough! Small town Texas sure makes for a quaint background, doesn't it? All these old trees and pretty streets, not to mention the amazing churches, paint such a romantic backdrop for a gorgeous couple's session. Having great models helps too. :)
When Kenton and I moved to Navasota in the fall of 2015, we began to pray for friends. We knew maybe a handful of people in our new area, and soon found ourselves quite secluded in our new normal. One year later, God answered so faithfully with Heather and Joe. We laugh about how God ordained our friendship is. There are numerous overlaps in our lives. They were exactly what we needed in that season, and we were exactly what they needed in that season. God is faithful, and when we get dry, he gives us rivers in the desert.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
I can't even count the "new things" God has done in me and Kenton since he brought Joe and Heather into our lives. We are truly different people than we were before we knew them. We're new. And we're so much more aware about the extreme importance of community. God used the season of isolation for good. But when he brought these two into our lives, we grew and sharpened.
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
We love these two SO MUCH and we thank God for them constantly. Years from now, when our kids ask about our life before they came along, Kenton and I will say this:
"Well, we lived in a pink brick house in a teeny, tiny Texas small town named Navasota. Bowie was just a puppy then but his precious personality hasn't changed. For a few months we drank a lot of slurpees. We both regret and don't regret this. Mom had just started doing photography and Dad had just started his job at camp and was killing it. And we prayed and prayed for new friends, and God was faithful, because that's when we met your Aunt Heather and Uncle Joe!"
Thank you God for your faithfulness and for awesome humans like Heather and Joe!
I recently had the honor of documenting Lynn and Barbara's 60th anniversary. Their admiration and love for each other is still so adorably tangible and I'm so grateful for the time I got to spend with them and their family!
I've known Melissa (Momo) since the glory days in junior high. Back when it was still called junior high and not middle school. Back when middle parts and Birkenstocks weren't trendy or cool. I'm proud to say I was a champion for both before they gained their public repute. Yes, we were friends back when ribbon belts and butterfly clips and Bath and Body Works roll-on-glitter adorned every awkward tween girl's waist and head and neck. Like literally, I had glitter all over my neck. I really gunked that crap on there. You couldn't even see skin. It's like I was wearing a sparkly turtle neck underneath my Old Navy graphic tee that was bragging about some obscure, unimportant number. "Old Navy #16!" As I said, glory days.
Suffice it to say I love Momo to pieces. She's been the dearest friend to me through thick and thin. Thick being the blissful afternoons spent on the lake after school every day spring of senior year, and thin being the weekly consumption of 12 Taco Cabana tortillas plus queso in one sitting. I genuinely thought that was a "snack." I think I kept the impending weight off with all the human horse courses I ran in my front and back yard (Momo was there for that too). Horse courses, for all you sad unfortunates who do not know the joy, are what crazy horse girls do so that they can further pursue their dream of becoming an actual horse. To try on your own: simply acquire and lace together elements in your back or front yard and make oneself jump over said elements over and over again, each time perfecting pace, form, and take off distance. Okay yes, it's like a obstacle course, but it's also not BECAUSE IT'S A HORSE COURSE OKAY? Momo was not a horse crazy person, and yet she participated in the horse courses whole heartedly. Now that's a friend, people.
Melissa and Jordan are getting married in October and I couldn't be happier for them. I love them both and taking their engagement photos was such a joy. Engagements are some of my favorites to photograph because guys can't help but wear their heart on their sleeve when their lady is all dolled up and the sun is gleaming down and he gets to hug her real close. Jordan, thanks for loving my dearest bud the way you do. Momo, thanks for loving me through the days when I wore khakis and polos on the weekends too, just because I liked them.
Cheers to the future Mr. and Mrs. Jordan John!