Pam & I are colleagues/friends:) from my teaching days at J.E. Ober Elementary! It was during my last few years there that I really got to know Pam. Not only did we work together as part of the support staff; but we were also able to brainstorm & chat about our excitement for technology & what that means for her work with students! While I enjoyed our working relationship, I loved just getting to know her and her family on a more personal level! Getting to meet her family finally in person (on the day of their shoot) was such a pleasure!!
To start off properly, I have to express my level of nervousness in shooting the Fleetwood family:) After Pam contacted me about taking their pictures, I was was naturally excited to start the brainstorming process involving their upcoming shoot! Not until about a month or two before their scheduled date did I realize that: 1. Barry is a very talented & experienced photographer himself...& 2. Oh yeah...her daughter ALSO takes pictures! NO PRESSURE HERE PAM:)!! haha! I have to admit that my initial thought process included a lot of self-doubt in my skills & the pressure to be half as good as them!! However, after much discussion & convincing with myself, I realized that Pam did ask me to take their pictures! That has to count for something, right?! I looked at it as a great way to test/challenge my skills!
Come shoot day, I was overall just excited to see Pam again & meet her family! I had so much fun working with this group! They were so laid back, relaxed, & everything else a photographer could wish for in shooting an extended family! Even, though we had to be creative in finding some shelter from the wind; I am so pleased with our end results! I believe I even saw some Facebook posts & Christmas cards showcasing some pictures from this day!!
These first two pictures just shout 'cool' to me! I love the arrangement of the first shot! The second one... I mean, not only is Barry a talented photographer; but also, he's a bad ass on the guitar to boot!!
Here's a little shout-out to grandpa & grandma! You can just tell how much love they have for their family & each other!
Check out the full FLEETWOOD GALLERY!!
A big THANK YOU, Fleetwoods, for your confidence in me & for allowing me to be the one to capture some memories for your family!! I hope that our paths can cross again in the near future!