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 have been lucky in my life to have a few childhood friendships continue into adulthood. Lifelong friends, like siblings, know you in a way that no one else does. They’re there to see all the ages and stages…the back braces, retainers, and embarrassing perms. And when you move into adulthood, you have a special understanding of how your friend’s chosen partner completes them in just the right ways. You get to watch them have children and then you see your childhood friend all over again through their kids.
My heart would not be complete without my special childhood friend, Sarah, and her beautiful family.
It’s become a tradition for me to photograph Sarah and her family during our annual beach trip to the Outer Banks. As I sat down to write this blog post, I realized that I’ve never written a post about the C Family before (…how did this happen?!). So, allow me to introduce the C Family to you.
Emma Bryon is the latest addition. It’s hard having my lifelong friend live 10 hours away…I never get to know her kiddos like I want to. Apparently, until recently, E.B. cried…a lot…like all the time since she was born. I can’t imagine trying to survive a baby with colic. In some ways, it’s helpful that E.B. wasn’t first…at least Sarah knew this level of crying wasn’t normal and wasn’t her fault. But as the third baby, Sarah had two other girls to take care of too. I’m not sure I was much help from 10 hours away, but I will forever be in awe of Sarah and Brian’s ability to survive E.B.’s infancy without losing their minds. Of course, you’d never know her propensity to cry from that sweet face. Oh my goodness, those eyes!
Mary Grace, the middle, is full of humor and excitement. She reminds me of her daddy, Brian, with her love of people and how she works to make them laugh. This kid make my job so easy!
And Annaliese, the oldest. Annaliese is my old soul. Bless her…she carries the weight of the world on her shoulders, but her mom and dad do a beautiful job of teaching her how to care without being crushed. She’s such a sweet girl!
While I love the more traditional portraits that I got of the girls, my absolute favorites are the more candid shots on the beach.
After I take pictures of the kids, I always have Sarah and Brian spend a little time together. (This year, Emma Bryon got to join in the fun since she has pretty much lived in Sarah’s arms since birth.) The dynamic between these two is intoxicating…not because they’re so lovey-dovey, but because they are so freakin’ funny together! It vaguely reminds me of how siblings mess with each other…lots of love with lots of laughs. Like this image from a few years ago…
Sarah and Brian have a notorious reputation with me for having trouble making the kissy shot happen. I’m not naming any names (though I’m sure Sarah will…wink, wink!), but quelling the laughter long enough to have a smoochy moment is tough. I think the shot from this year is on of my favorites. It sums up early parenthood so accurately.
Sarah, I selfishly love getting to take your pictures at the beach every year because it means that I get to be the only one spending time with you guys for an hour or two. And now that I’m reliving our beach time…I miss you. I’ll be giving you a call during carpool today!