No Chance Friendship


The long awaited Stout family portrait! Okay, it’s been about two weeks but still I think it’s safe to say that they have been eagerly waiting to see the photos from their session. We took them at a park in Milton and I always forget just how lovely a location it is for portraits. The ground can be a bit mushy because it’s by the river but they were troopers.

I love doing multi generational pictures. And I love how the personalities of the kids are so front and center. The only thing that would make this better were if Patricia and her husband and kiddos could be in it. (Fingers crossed that maybe one day that will happen!)

We tried to recreated one image with Al and Mary from our first family session back in 2012. I don’t think we did too badly. Al’s hair definitely looks a bit lighter though.

Whenever I do multigenerational pictures I like to get various group shots like all the men folk, all the women, folk, etc. We did these as well as a really great father, son, grandson portrait that I love.

We also did some sweet pictures of each smaller family units. I was really happy to get these pictures of the Johnson family because they will be moving to Virginia in a couple of weeks. Man, are we going to miss them! Sean has been a teacher at the school our girls go to and having wonderfully delicious dinner parties talking about literature with him and Heather has been a highlight in our lives the last few years. I know that Virginia is gaining a gem with their move.

Oliver wasn’t sure how he felt about all this photo business and it was such fun catching his expressions throughout the session. Alice has not been home since we did his pictures at around three or four months old so it was great getting to know him now that he is a little older and meeting his little brother Teddy. And who doesn’t love Josh and Alice? Two of the funniest people I know and such fun to hang out with.

It was just such a perfect morning especially considering that not an hour after we wrapped it up the bottom fell out of the sky. I loved spending time with these dear friends both behind the camera and just in sweet fellowship while everyone was in town.

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves




After last week’s throwback post we were all happily reminded of how much life our families have lived together. What a blessing to have family friends for over a decade! Graduations, weddings, babies, all manner of celebrations sprinkled among the ordinary life stuff.

And oh, how much fun was it to spend the morning capturing various family groups for them last week! So much fun to see the little people with their various personalities who have added to their number. But some of my most favorite images came from Mr and Mrs. Stout…married fifty-six years come August and never have I seen a young man look as tenderly upon his wife as Mr. Stout does his bride.

He is a very gentle and thoughtful gentleman and while all of the children were running around and appropriate parental units were in hot pursuit he quietly moseyed over to the river and stood for a few minutes.

Most men don’t really like being in front of the camera and it shows but he didn’t seem to mind cozying up to Mrs. Stout and letting me snap away.

Very little direction was needed and there was just such a sweetness between the two.

What a precious example to their family of faithfulness.

Later in the week I will be sharing more pictures from our session but I couldn’t think of a more fitting bunch to share first. Someone once said that “Newlyweds become ‘oldyweds,’ and ‘oldyweds’ are the reasons that families work.”

I think there might be something to that, don’t you?