UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
I really want to introduce Simon to Gabriel because these are two of the happiest kids I’ve ever met.
I’ve been lucky enough to take pictures of Simon since before he was born, and even luckier to be good friends with his parents. A couple weekends ago I made the journey up to North Carolina, back to my grad school stomping grounds. There’s just something I love about North Carolina. For the longest time I really didn’t understand what it meant to feel bound by the land or to feel as if you just belonged somewhere…but that’s how I feel about NC. I love the people, the scenery, the mountains and ocean. If I could convince all 9 of our family members (plus my husband!) that currently reside in Georgia to move to North Carolina, I’d be there in a heartbeat.
But I digress…
I’ve been friends with Simon’s mom, Joanna, since 2003 when we both started grad school at UNC-Greensboro. I opted out after a Masters and she went on for the PhD. (Although I still don’t call her doctor Joanna ;)) And I’ve been taking pictures of their family since Joanna and Geoff’s rehearsal dinner. My, how time flies!
Have I mentioned how special it is to be involved in a family’s life story through photography?
Yup. I think I made the right choice leaving school before getting a PhD to pursue photography (although I didn’t know it at the time).
Back to Simon again…
Just as he was a year ago at his two-year-old shoot, he was an absolute joy! He was always ready to smile and enjoyed our chilly walk through the woods. And what a cutie! I could have spent the whole day with this kid. Luckily I got most of the morning plus a fabulous chocolate chip pancake breakfast at Tex and Shirleys – my all time favorite breakfast place!
Thank you again to Joanna and Geoff for giving me an excuse to come to North Carolina and for always calling on me despite the long distance 🙂