“Walk tall as the trees, live strong as the mountains, be gentle as the spring winds, keep the warmth of the summer sun in your heart, and the great spirit will always be with you.”
Writing does not come easy for me. One of the reasons why I love images. They can tell a story without words.
The above photo is a perfect example, no words necessary. However, with a blog I appreciate that extra details from the photographic story can be shared, so I try to write. Yet, when I sit down to tell more of the story, staring at a blank blog page, I freeze. This is where the quotes come from. I start with the first words that come to my mind when I think of the session. The words are usually based of the feelings I experienced from the session or the emotions I witnessed or conversation pieces. With this session the words, "live tall and happy" came to my mind. Hence the quote, it truly fits this family.
Kellen and Rachel, heads of the Raab family, are tall, 6'8" and 6'5". But there is so much more to them than their height. Let me start off with Rachel. Rachel has been a supporter of my little business way before we even met, which was at the time of the shoot. She referred me to people who were looking for a photographer and she would post kind words on a photo from my business page. When I was feeling down because I was comparing myself to other photographers (which I admit, I do too often!), I would see a comment on one of my photos and it encouraged me. I bet she has no idea just how much she has helped me....no idea! It's the little things that we do along the way that can really effect a person’s spirit, positive or negative. And Rachel has had a sweet impact on me personally even though we did not even know each other.
And when I met her is person, I experienced her as an open, strong, confident, warm woman who was excited for her session. But I get the impression that she has this approach to life in general. Positive, with a zest for life. Being around her, I was seemed to walk a bit taller, a bit more secure.