Last year in the spirit of giving, I held a “Pay it Forward” contest. I had a panel of 5 judges to read each entry. Secretly and silently, we each picked our selection for the family that we felt should win. It was a unanimous vote. We ALL selected The “S” Family. At that time I had no idea who The “S” Family was, what they looked like, where they were from, etc. I knew absolutely nothing about them except for the story that was shared about them during my contest. You can read their story HERE.
To be honest with you, I feel like we were destined to meet. Yes, The “S” Family and me were destined to meet each other in this lifetime. After working with this beautiful, loving, caring and funny family I was truly grateful for my time with them—from the initial meeting through email and over the phone, the many emails that went back and forth, the sharing of ideas, the anticipation and excitement of our upcoming shoot together, the experience of meeting and photographing their family, culling through their images and selecting the ones that made the final cut, editing their images and finally dropping off their images to them. It was an amazing experience to give and share my time and talent with such beautiful, deserving people.
I promise that if you are ever lucky enough to meet the members of The “S” Family, you will not be sorry!!! Tracie, the matriarch of the family, is energetic, positive, loving, caring and just downright FUN!!! She is so easy to talk to and get along with—when I talk to her, I honestly feel like I’ve known her forever. She is just that kind of person…one who is easy-going and emits pure joy, integrity and love. I watched her interact with her own children and I can see why she is such a successful and very sought-after caregiver. Everyone wants his or her child to have the experience of being cared for by Tracie.
Matt, is the patriarch of the family. He too is very caring and loving. He is patient and has a great go-with-the-flow kind of attitude. You can tell that he just absolutely adores his little girls and they adore him!!! Together, he and Tracie make a fabulous team!!!
Mikayla, Aubrey and Skyy are their daughters and what adorable little girls they are—they were just a joy to photograph!!! I had so much fun capturing them in forever keepsake images. Skyy, the youngest of the three, is definitely animated. Her expressions bring a smile to my face every time. She is so bubbly and fun too!!! Mikayla and Aubrey, are the big sisters in the family. They are so loving and patient with Skyy. To watch them interact with each other and with Skyy warmed my heart, because it is very evident that they all love each other so much!!!
The “S” Family, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful experience of “paying it forward.” I am really and truly grateful for my time with your family and I’m sad that it has come to an end. Or has it…I think I will invite myself over to talk story and eat freshly baked Chex Mix soon 😉 Haha!!! Take care and big hugs to all of you!!!
To view more images from The “S” Family’s session, please click HERE!!!