Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Family Portraits at the Falls

Amy (mom) and I met in the 4th grade and became fast friends. She lived down the street from me until I moved away from home when I was 20. We have all kinds of memories together... most of which I probably shouldn't share here just in case her daughter is reading! Ü Actually we weren't that bad.

We went to elementary school, junior high and high school together. We laughed together, cried together, talked about boys, fought over boys (you know who you are), went to dances, in fact she was even my "date" in 9th grade when my boyfriend broke up with me a week before the big dance (you know who YOU are! LOL). We watched Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman more times than probably anyone else on earth. Ü

After high school we even worked together at Brewery City Pizza which no longer exists in University Place, but it does in Lacey/Olympia. (side note... go there for pizza... it's yummy!) This is also where I met Ross (dad) for the first time... he was one of my supervisors and such an awesome guy to be around. (Another side note, this is also where I met my husband... BCP has a lot of life history for me!)

When Amy's daughter Alexsis was born I was so excited for her. Amy was the first one of my friends to have a baby and it was so cool to be a part of their lives at that time! All of this was so long ago, yet seems like it could have been just recently.

Amazingly after all these years and life happening in between, going years sometimes without talking, we reconnected at our reunion, and then again through facebook, and now and then at little mini reunions that we organize with friends... and when Amy asked me to take her family portraits I was so excited and NERVOUS. I mean, you can't let your lifelong friend down!

We met at Tumwater Falls on a cool but sunny September morning. The weather was beautiful. The family was looking sharp. The Falls were gorgeous. I even got a lot of exercise in during this session. (Probably the most ever hiking up and down the area around the falls.) I can’t believe how grown up Alexsis is… she’ll be graduating before we know it. Gunnar is so funny… the chattiest little boy I know!

Amy, Alexsis, Ross & Gunnar

Big Sis & little brother.

I am so grateful to be your friend and to have had the pleasure of photographing your family. You all mean so much to me.

Angie D.

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