It started out like any other day: checking emails, sipping (more like gulping) coffee and checking phone messages. I return a call from Heather who wants a session with her siblings. We’re having a lovely chat on the phone and I find out that she needs a session right in the middle of one of my busiest weeks. Immediately, I’m thinking that it’s going to be hard to get them on my schedule but as we keep talking, I just couldn’t say no. Not only is the session a gift for their parents but the tight time frame was due to Heather’s deployment. Yup, this session must happen!
We meet on a Sunday at Gas Works Park and the forecast calls for rain but this session will happen, rain or shine! Jennifer sees the group and introduces herself first. I’m a little distracted since I’m running my shot list in my head and I introduce myself to Heather and then to Cameron. He grabs my hands, looks me in the eye with a big smile and says, “Hi Grace, remember me? You shot us before.”
I look at Cameron and then to the rest of group and it slowly (like REAL slow) hits me that I’ve shot these kids before! I shot them over 3 years ago at our old studio location. I can’t even explain the things that were running through my head. I was totally shocked, but in the best way. They wanted to surprise me and see my reaction and they totally did just that. I couldn’t believe how “these kids,” Heather, Cameron, Henry and Becky, had matured — especially Henry. I think he grew like 2 feet since the last time I saw him.
This was Cameron, Henry and Heather over three years ago!!!
As confused and surprised as I was, we had to move forward and quickly with the photoshoot since the clouds were rolling in. Good thing we did ’cause it started to rain at the end of the session, but I think it worked to our advantage.
See how they’re all dressed up? They told their parents that they’re having dinner at the Space Needle — prom-style. Nice work, “kids.” See how they’re all grown up!
It’s a bird … it’s a plane … no, it’s Superman, Batman and Captain America!
Thinking back, I honestly don’t know how I didn’t put the pieces together. All the clues were there but I think I was just too busy with work, editing, shooting, and editing some more, that I had tunnel vision and somehow ignored all the clues.
Sometimes, you just need to slow down and enjoy the things and people around you. And after this special experience, it holds even more true. I drove home with a huge smile on my face and sometimes, that’s all I need — a simple reminder of why I do what I do. Days like these make all the stress and deadlines all worthwhile.
To this beautiful family, thanks for the surprise and memories and for letting us capture such milestone events. And thanks for serving our country — you’re definitely a superhero in our book. XoXo