October 30, 2023

The Drew Family


Christmas Spirit

When Christen Drew reached out to me about capturing photos for their annual Christmas card, I was filled with excitement and anticipation. As a photographer, these opportunities are always special to me, and I couldn't wait to work with this wonderful family. Little did I know, this session would be an experience that I would hold dear in my heart.

Initially, I planned for our photoshoot to take place at Twin Oaks, envisioning a beautiful lake setting as the backdrop for their portraits. However, as fate would have it, my plans shifted when I stumbled upon a magnificent oak tree adorned with golden leaves (still at Twin Oaks, but no lake backdrop). In that moment, I knew it had to be the scene for our session. The beauty and warmth emanating from that tree resonated with me deeply.

On the day of our photoshoot, the temperatures had dropped, casting a chilly breeze upon the air. Concerned about the comfort of the lovely girls, I made a mental note to work efficiently and capture the perfect shots swiftly. The brisk autumn air mirrored the enthusiasm and joy shared by the Benton family, and I was determined to translate that into their photographs.

As we began, I guided Bryan in parking their vintage blue truck at the ideal spot, framing the scene perfectly. The energy and love radiating from the family were infectious, making my job effortless as I captured their genuine smiles, laughter, and tender moments. They embraced the chill in the air without complaint, fully present in creating memories that would last a lifetime.

Looking back at the photographs, the warmth of the autumn light stands out like a soft embrace captured in time. It was a glow that I had envisioned in my mind's eye, and with meticulous editing, I managed to translate that warmth into the final images. Every click of the shutter felt like capturing a piece of their story, freezing moments that encapsulated the love and bond they shared.

Working with the Drew family was an absolute delight. Their warmth, openness, and trust in my artistic vision allowed me to create photographs that resonated with who they are as people. Their smiles tell a story of love, laughter, and the magic of the holiday season, and I couldn't be more grateful to have been a part of it.

As a professional photographer, these experiences bring me immense fulfillment and remind me of the power and beauty of my chosen craft. Knowing that these photographs may find their place on the Drew family's Christmas card holds a deep sense of pride for me. Being entrusted with capturing their cherished memories is an honor that I don't take lightly.

In conclusion, my journey as a photographer has led me to incredible experiences like this one with the Drew family. It is moments like these that fuel my passion, ignite my creativity, and reinforce my dedication to my craft. I am grateful for every opportunity to tell stories through my lens and create images that capture the depth of emotions and the beauty of life.

Wishing the Drew family a joyful holiday season, filled with love, laughter, and countless memories.