Ben // Senior

Categories Photography, My Life, Seniors

Ben is the last of my siblings to graduate high school. That makes me feel seriously OLD. I’ve photographed senior photos for every single one of my six siblings (I just now realized that and as I write it out I can barely accept it). As my youngest brother, he is the last of the siblings but never the least (honestly, they’re all equal in my eyes). Even though there are 13 years between us (and though he claims that almost all his memories of me are after I moved out and went to college) I still have a special connection to him. He might not remember those early years, but I do. Being the oldest of seven children, I was often helping my mom with the youngest ones. That means that I remember hours of pushing Ben in a stroller as a baby and taking care of him as a big sister for years after that. Then, as we both grew older and (somewhat) more mature, we learned we shared a creative streak. I remember when I first took up oil painting, he asked for a canvas and we both stood outside painting our masterpieces together in the open air.

These days Ben is a fantastic comedian and actor and I’m floored by his talent. He also is talented in sports and enjoys football. I see and admire his deep, rich soul and it was great to spend the afternoon with him being goofy and taking pictures of his awesome self. It was an afternoon I’ll always remember (and he better remember it, too) It wasn’t hard to make him look good. He has impeccable genes.

I'm the daughter to a King, wife to a man who makes me laugh, and mother to two boys who add joy and fullness to my life. I am a dreamer, a philosopher, an artist, and lover of things that stir my soul. I spend most of my days at home with my boys, Miles and Finn. We make messes (and occasionally clean them up), we giggle, we run and hide from dinosaurs and monsters and we read lots of books together. In my "free" time I feed my craving for art with various creative pursuits and indulge in tasty treats, coffee, and the occasional, guilt-laden Red Bull to feed my other addictions.

When it comes to my passions, I have many. God, Love, Family, Travel, Music, Design, Coffee... but somewhere near the top of the list you'll find photography. From the moment I turned my camera lens towards a sunset for the first time, I felt an intense desire to somehow steal away the beauty of that moment and keep it forever. Now I walk around thirsty to soak up the beautiful moments around me, add a spark of something from deep inside my soul, then spill it back out to the world.

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