i need to give credit and recognition to the photographer who took the amazing photo that graces the home page of this blog. i apologize for not having done this before now. here is the story of how that photo came to be.
april 2009 – we had just moved into our current home. we had moved out of our indianapolis home…..under difficult circumstances. we were sad. we were scared. we felt ashamed.
we were also (and continue to be – grateful). for although our lives felt unstable, tumultuous, uncertain – we were moving into a cozy little home, owned by my brother and sister-in-law, in a fantastic neighborhood/community. we didn’t know it then….but we would grow to love this place.
in the middle of all of this, a woman (an acquaintance….soon to become a dear friend) approached me with an inquiry.
at the time, she was a member of a photography club. they displayed their creative work a couple of times a year – at art shows in local galleries. she asked if she could take photos of me and my family for an upcoming show called: the modern family. she said that she wanted to use our family in the photos because she believed, that she could express through the photos, the feelings she had that brett and i were/are strong, creative individuals who also have a deep connection to our partnership and our family as a whole. henceforth, we became the models for an artist’s vision of: modern family.
needless to say, i was flattered. and our family was in agreement. we wanted to experience this. so, our friend invited us to the building where she works (after hours). she wanted the background of the photos to be minimal, slightly industrial looking; and the basement of her workplace was perfect. it was a large, open space that had polished concrete floors and cinder-block walls.
our friend had a distinct vision for how she wanted to set up the scene and photograph our family. she wanted us to be in motion. brett playing his drum kit, his long hair being tossed about as he lost himself in the rhythm. she wanted me to be dancing/yoga posing/letting go/expressing myself through body movements. and the kids…..well, we knew the kids would be in motion without any other directives or instructions to do so. then, she let us go for it. we moved. we shaked. we shimmied. he drummed. i danced. kids chased. kids laughed. we smiled. we lost ourselves in the moment and practically forgot that our friend was quietly snapping pics.
a few weeks later, the photos had been sorted and developed. our friend added her artistic touches, making the photos appear almost ethereal. there were many brilliant photos that came out of this photo shoot. but….the one that you see on this blog – was “the chosen one.” it was made to be about 24 inches wide and about 18 inches long. it was matted and framed. and it was hung in a gallery where hundreds of people looked at it. when the photos were taken down, our friend gave us the photo. it has become a prized possession and something that we love to gaze upon. and because of our friend’s vision and willingness to see it through, our family has this beautiful photo as a keepsake, a soon to be heirloom, that we will enjoy for generations to come, as a reminder of this time, this place, this heart of a family. thank you so much holly sommers. thank you.