A Man in Uniform

throwback Thursday

I love throwback Thursday posts. It’s always fun to see how my skill and talent has evolved over the years and it’s also really encouraging to see how some people have stuck with me as I have grown and gotten better.

I first photographed Clark and his family all the way back in 2012. He was such a cute little fella, don’t you think?

Besides doing his family’s pictures every few years I have also been able to snag the occasional shot of him at various school functions like this one from Cowboy Day in 2014.

Then of course I got to take his senior pictures and his graduation last year.

Clark was accepted into the Merchant Marines after he graduated and while he was home for Christmas we planned family pictures…and finally got to do them on Saturday. More of those family pictures will show up on the blog over the next week or so but today I wanted to share a few of my favorites that we took of him as we got started.

Gotta love a man in a uniform, right? And he looks quite handsome in his.

I’ll be honest and say I don’t know a whole lot about the Merchant Marines but I am confident that they got better when they accepted Clark into their ranks.

Their motto is Acta Non Verba ~ Deeds Not Words and I think that will be exemplified in him having been raised on the truth that we aren’t just hearers of God’s word but doers.

The Lord bless you, Clark, as you walk in the good deeds He has prepared for you in the USMMA and in the future.

We Go Way Back

throwback Thursday

Man, I thought last week’s throwback post was a sweet stroll down memory lane! But on Tuesday I did family pictures from some dear friends and decided I would look back at pictures I have done with them over the years and oh my goodness, it was so fun to remember all these times!

The first time I photographed anyone in the Stout family was also the first time I was surprising someone with pictures. I approached the kids about doing pictures as a gift for my friend Mary on Mother’s Day. That was way back in 2008 and they were just the cutest bunch of kiddos! Heather and Patricia, the twins, are the oldest, next is Alice, and Jerry is the baby of the family.

And this is where I needed to double check my dates while I was writing this blogpost. Because I was looking at those pictures and the next thing I photographed was Heather’s bridals. Three years makes a huge difference in the life of someone. HUGE.

I mean seriously. Those first pictures would have been taken about the time the twins turned seventeen. Three years later I would have photographed Heather’s bridal portraits and then her and Sean’s wedding.

Crazy, isn’t it? In June of 2012 I did family pictures before Patricia moved away and I think Sean and Heather moved to Dallas, maybe?

It was funny to me as I looked at the pictures how I could suddenly remember that day clear as could be. That is what makes pictures important I think. The ability to call up moments that happened so long ago but seem like they happened yesterday. It was also the last time I had the whole immediate family in front of my camera. Alice would graduate not long after we took these pictures and her class was the first time I did senior class pictures. All five seniors. (The perks of being in a small classical Christian school.) She was also the only girl in the class. Those were good times.

Alice moved to Idaho for college, joining Patricia who had since married and I cannot remember which came first on these next pictures. I want to say it was the family pictures but I might be wrong and it was the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Stout. Which was amazing because the family was able to pull off a huge surprise party without them knowing a single thing about it until they got there.

Also, by 2014 Heather and Patricia both added sweet babies to the family fold. (There are now ten grandchildren with number eleven on the way.)

Jerry graduated and moved to Idaho and then on January 1, 2016 Alice came home and got married.

The next time she was in front of my camera it was a year and a half later and I was photographing her son.

I love doing pictures for the same family over the years and watching them grow! I am looking forward to sharing some of the pictures from Tuesday’s session with almost all of the family. I have my fingers crossed that maybe one day everything will come together and I can do pictures of the whole family. I don’t know when that might happen but I am keeping my camera batteries charged!