At the start of each year, I’m always so excited about the months ahead and all that is to come, like meeting new clients, reconnecting with past clients, and photographing weddings, portraits, events, and special occasions! By early March, the spread of COVID-19 had come to mean school closures and e-learning, staying home, scarcity of essential items, and more. Little did I know that my livelihood could be so drastically affected. Soon weddings and gatherings were being downsized, postponed, or cancelled. I don’t have to tell you any of this, we were and still are in the same boat! #wereinthistogether However, it’s worth noting, even if for the sake of one day looking back and revisiting these posts, that our lives changed in so many ways. To come full circle, as the situation did improve, business and life picked up the pace a bit, albeit with new challenges and precautions. And while my year was not as busy as “usual”, it was so, so rich in heart, filling me with even more passion for what I get to do. My clients truly value togetherness with family, with friends, with loved ones, with pets, and it seemed all the more apparent over the past few months. There was a point – heck, several points! – during the height of the pandemic that I wondered if I’d ever get to pick up my camera again and venture outside of my home! Perhaps I was being a little overdramatic, however, with the uncertainty of so much, that’s how I felt. Luckily, I did get to do what I love, and I didn’t take a single second of it for granted! When I was asked to photograph this incredibly kind, funny, close-knit – not to mention beautiful!!! – family, I was beyond excited! We had grand plans for lovely outdoor fall portraits…and forecasted high winds and chilly temperatures prompted us to move indoors. And it was perfect! Thank you so much Mill Top for being such a gracious host, especially with short notice! The warmth and coziness of this industrial chic space was the superb match for the upbeat, spirited, lively personalities of this gorgeous group! We had the most adorable 4 year old, two precious pups, and a 70th wedding anniversary to celebrate! Amazing, right?! So much fun!!! Bobbi, I cannot thank you enough for asking me to photograph your marvelous family! It was such a treat!