In the snow with The Smiths

“Oh, you’re the best friends anybody ever had. And it’s funny, but I feel as if I’d known you all the time, but I couldn’t have, could I?”- The Wizard of Oz.

I met Rebecca Smith in 2011 when she asked me to photograph her and her boyfriend, Mike (now husband) and I have been photographing her and her family from then on. Every time we would meet to talk about her sessions we got a little closer, then in 2012 she got engaged and decided to ask me to be her photographer.

I was thrilled that she chose me to be such a big part of her big day! I ended up getting engaged shortly after so we planned a majority of our weddings together and have been attached at the hip ever since.

For years my Becca and I have been trying to get together for snow photos but our schedules and the weather never matched up. When it snowed yesterday, I asked her right away if she and her family were available to do a quick mini family photo shoot and somehow it worked out.

As we drove up to Greenbluff, we quickly realized that there was very little snow up there, so we continued towards Mt. Spokane. We drove for a while trying to find the perfect spot and we stumbled upon a wedding venue that I wasn’t aware of, Mitcham’s Barn. The whole area looked like a blanket of untouched snow that would be so much fun to rustle up.

I ran up to the door and knocked to see if they wouldn’t mind lending out their property for a little shoot and they graciously agreed. We instantly started taking photos as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of cold that everyone would have to endure.

Madison (Mike’s daughter) was such a trooper, she cooperated in the cold so well and she was all smiles. I love it when she smiles, it truly lights up my heart.

On the way back home Madison asked me “next time you visit could we please play barbies? I got new ones!” I could never say “no” to her. Then we sang Disney songs all the way home. I could not have asked for a better afternoon with the three of them.

In the years I have known Becca, I have watched her fall more and more in love with her husband, Mike and his daughter, Madison. Every time I photograph them I can feel their closeness and am more thankful each time that they allow me to me a part of their lives full of happiness.

Becca, I thank God every day for bringing you and your family into my life. Thank you for being such an amazing friend to me time and time again. I feel like I have known you forever and I will know you for always.

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