Cheryl contacted me a few months ago, referred to me by a dear friend from back home in Houston. Yes, I still call Houston “home”…even after being gone three years. =) She and her family were planning a fun trip out to Orange County to see Mickey and Disneyland and wanted to know if I would be available for a family session while they were here. It turned out that we were essentially switching places that weekend since I had already planned a trip back to Houston myself for the same time. After checking calendars, we realized that if this photo session was going to happen, there was only one time to do it…..the same day they arrived out here….the same day after traveling on an early three hour flight out to Orange County and then driving an hour south to San Diego. You know what she said?
“Perfect!” Because that’s how Cheryl is….she just rolls with it and was just excited that we could make it work. I knew I was going to like this girl.
So we met up at the beach and the boys were understandably tired. They were all such troopers though as we headed down the stairs to the water’s edge. We spent a few minutes getting comfortable and then decided to have some fun running on the beach. And that’s when a huge wave personally welcomed one of the little guys to California. He didn’t just get wet. He got taken out. There were a few scary moments but mom grabbed him and comforted him, and then dad took over warming him up as much as possible in a towel. Our little session was over before it even started. I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful this family was about everything. They were so easy about it, and such troopers as we continued to shoot for a few more minutes.
I told my husband that there is no way I would have handled this as well as Cheryl and her family did. They were so amazing about it. I was worried leaving the session since it obviously did not go exactly as planned, but as I poured through the images last night I just fell in love with them. Because this is life right now. Things hardly ever go as planned. But seeing this sweet family huddled together and connecting despite the crazy event just moments before just reminds me that in life’s bumps…it’s how you come out of them that matters. Hold close to the ones you love and remember to laugh….a lot.