Ohhh, dear friends, you all know sweet Vivi! In case you are new here, below are my chronicles of Vivi’s life: Vivi at two Vivi at three Vivi at four Vivi at five She is, without a doubt, the absolute sweetest girl and I adore her. She’s in school now (what?!) and also has entire conversations with me about all sorts of things (what?!). I realize that’s just normal behavior for a six year old, but I still can’t believe I’ve been photographing her for this long to have seen her change so much. She’ll likely be taller than me either next year or the year after. AND, and this year, while I’m still not technically posing her, she has started posing herself and telling me what to do: “Take a close-up of me here,” and “Maybe you should get a picture of that plaque on the bench?” were my most frequent instructions this year. She’s also a lot more safety-conscious… no longer running blindly toward dangerous situations, but instead standing quietly by bodies of water and being slightly concerned about falling in like the rest of us. But, some things have not changed: I’m still sprinting after her quite frequently, and she still loves and talks about Geoff (he’s retired so he wasn’t present at her session, she still remembered him!). She’s also still wearing the BEST cat shoes (similar to her cat boots from year four), and I’m still doing GIFs with her (she chose a running-in-place GIF this year, also similar to year four). Vivi – I am so glad that you are my subject each year and that I’m helping to capture you growing up (insert crying emoji here).
I used to get a ton of requests for high school senior portrait photography that I had to turn down due to our wedding schedule, but now that I’ve switched over to portraiture, I’m so happy that I get to take a bunch of these seniors on! It’s SO fun to work with them and talk to them about the future, and Jackson was no exception. Jackson’s graduating high school this spring, and is moving on to college at Appalachian State University. He considered a lot of different schools before deciding on App because of its different landscape and beautiful campus. In high school, he’s enjoyed playing trumpet in marching band (I am a fellow marching band kid, so I appreciated this greatly!) and trying out a ton of Durham’s restaurants, particularly the authentic Mexican restaurants that he loves. It was so much fun getting to know Jackson and I know he’ll have the best time at App State!
We immediately got along with Elizabeth+Rich during our first consult for their wedding. And then we clicked even more so in person (we think, anyway, and it’ll be kinda awkward if Elizabeth and Rich think differently, but I’m going to put it out there anyway). Despite them being a lot more buff than us (Elizabeth does cross fit and likes to lift heavy things, and Rich climbs stuff), and a lot more caffeinated than us, and being dog people, we were like four peas in a pod (kinda a mutant pea… I guess). And by “dog people,” I mean we had to stop the session after Elizabeth started squealing and ran away from Rich and directly toward a small puppy being walked by an unsuspecting woman in downtown Durham. The puppy now has a cameo in this engagement session with two people she doesn’t know.
I think, if I would’ve permitted it, that puppy might’ve been in the entire remainder of the session…with Rich, ideally, although I think if it came down it, Elizabeth might have a hard decision trying to decide between a very small, cute puppy and Rich. I’m confident she’d eventually choose Rich, but I’m pretty sure she’d have to think it over for at least a few seconds. Rich, while not a puppy, does have a very illustrious beard going for him and knows science. He also likes wearing aprons a lot. This makes him stiff competition for a puppy, since puppies cannot know science and also have a hard time fitting into aprons. They also can’t grow beards. But, Elizabeth can easily lift puppies. I am not sure if she can easily lift Rich or not (I definitely should’ve asked her to). We’ll photograph them again in December, and I’ll see if I can find out.