During the summer my best friend came over for a socially distanced backyard dinner. We’ve not been able to hang out like a “normal” year and a lot has happened. Not only has 2020 brought us the pandemic but before all that, my best friend lost her husband. It happened in February right before Valentine’s Day. I can’t even imagine how scary all of this was for her and with the pandemic in the background adding to fear and anxiety.
But if you don’t personally know Nichole then you don’t know what a force she is. She literally lives out loud. It’s something I admire so much of her, she openly speaks her truth about what she is going through. She also doesn’t take much bullshit. She’s not just strong but also vulnerable and I know that is why she has so many amazing people in her life.
So we were finally enjoying the cooler summer evening, my son Liam was running around the backyard like a crazy 5 year old showing off for his auntie while we were catching up and having a glass of wine. She said, “I think I’m ready for some new pictures.” I’d been waiting for her to say that. Having portraits taken of just you is a powerful thing. Especially at our age. For women, generally from 30+ it’s family pictures and maybe a headshot here and there. But a portrait session designed around you, who you are at this age, is something I wish more women experienced.
We planned it for the next weekend, I wanted to check out Jenkins Estate and then head to Cooper Mountain Nature Park. It was a beautiful night and though the sun set a bit faster than I expected, we got some amazing portraits.
I’ve been wanting to find a way to offer women’s portraiture and I’m still working out all the details but if you’d like to be one of my first head over to my new facebook group. (I know, you are probably like me and don’t need another one!) But facebook groups are pretty much the only reason I’m still on facebook. They can be such a great space for real and uplifting relationships when we are all quarantining at home.