Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Reason(s)

{ The very first photograph I took of Allen and his sweet little girl, on the very first day I ever spent with the two of them together - May 2008 }

When Allen asked if I would go to dinner with him, I thought he needed a friend. I knew he had just started what would certainly turn into a messy and painful divorce, and that he had a beautiful little girl he loved and missed dearly. Their time together had been sporadic over the prior months, and he was just starting to get a schedule settled so that he could see her more regularly...

I walked into the restaurant that night with the intention to listen well, and maintain that friendly-good-listener status for as long as it seemed helpful, but not get involved. Knowing what I knew about divorce (having witnessed several from close perspective over my 25 years) the rational part of me knew that even friendship would be an unwise venture.

Despite all that, I agreed to dinner with a couple of his friends...which led to drinks...then bowling (?!)...then WII bowling (??!!!)...then a 2am (???!!!!) hug goodbye, talk to you soon...

Said the sane part of me on the drive home: Don't even think about it.

But a month later we were still talking late, hanging out, and I finally spent a day with Allen and his little lady at Viking Fest in Poulsbo. Taking photos of the two of them playing together, and Kayla in particular, made me feel like I could do something tangible to help them both feel a little bit happier during a difficult time.

{ Kayla and her Daddy - May 2008 }

And despite my best efforts, I fell so completely in love with these two! So of course here we are three years later...

{ Allen and I on our cruise to Baha last month - Feb 2011 }

{ Catalina Island, CA - Feb 2011 }

{ Hanging at home - Feb 2011 }

{ Going to play at Snoqualmie Tubing Center - Feb 2011 }

{ Couch potatoes - Feb 2011 }

Tomorrow night will be three years exactly since that first dinner with Allen.

These two have changed my life in so many incredible ways. I get overwhelmed sometimes, both with happiness and frustration. So many struggles and snuggles, hurt feelings and hilarious moments have passed over us while we learned how to love each other...

They are the reason I love photography. I freak out when I catch these really normal, daily life moments on camera (and Allen laughs at me.) I want to record it ALL. She's growing so fast and I can't get enough pictures taken to satisfy that need to have it ALL logged away for us to recall as the years go by...

So anyway, that's a little about me. Writing, and getting a book published, had been my life's number one dream practically since birth. Now, capturing and sharing amazing photographs has elbowed its way into that category as well.

I'm not set up for it yet, and I have much to learn, but I'm so excited about the possibilities...and have good reasons to be so...


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