Standing in Once Upon a Child with two kids so over it and looking like fresh road kill, I heard my name called out. I turned around and there was Elissa, with her two kids, but instead of looking like road kill, she radiated this ‘warrior, but calm and collected mom’ feel.
You see, you can always tell who’s been through REAL shit because just by looking at them and talking to them, they have this incredibly calm and strong demeanor. Like if everything were to go to hell at that moment, they would still have their shit together. And that’s Elissa. I don’t know her own personal story that goes along with the event, but when her oldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, from the outside looking in, this is a Mom who rucked up and said ‘let’s do this,’ From the outside looking in, she’s that Mom that we’re all like ‘I hope to be like her in any real life situation.’
I’ve learned so much from her about diabetes, about being a parent to high needs kids, about going through REAL shit just by following along with her on social media, that taking family photos for them was an honor, really. So when I met her husband Adam, and watched them as a family, it was game on to get them photos that did their incredible family bond justice.
Being a photographer and barber, interacting with so many people all the time, you can pick up on things from people. When people are uncomfortable with each other, who most likely had a fight on the way to photos, who is putting up a fake persona, etc.
This family was REAL.
When Elissa bribed her son with a Dollar Store toy, I knew I had found the diamonds in the rough. They told me they weren’t people who were good at being casual, which isn’t obvious in the photos, but understandable when you have a lifestyle that has to be planned out every step of the way in advance. And I know I am talking mostly about Elissa, but her husband Adam is also really cool and really chill and so obviously loves and supports his amazing wife and super hilarious kids. He does not like sitting in wet, buggy grass though and I do not blame him and I am so sorry for making you do that Adam. I think it was worth it though?
So, I might be a little obsessed with how amazing their photos came out and I might be so, so excited to do more summer time photos of them. I’m also secretly hoping that Elissa gets her own blog up and running so I can share all her posts and continue following along with her family because I am a homebody who likes to electronically sorta stalk really cool people.