As a photographer, there are some families you fall in love with instantly. For us at MHP, one of those families is the Highsmith’s. I have photographed 60th anniversary parties, a wedding, newborn photos, and birthdays, marking some pretty amazing milestones in their lives. These people are full of warmth, love and community just like these images depict.
I joined them the day after Thanksgiving as they all gathered at the family cabin to enjoy a BBQ pig on the grill. A few of the things I remember most are golf cart rides through the woods with giggly kids, snuggling babies by the fire, clay pigeons flying through the air and gunshots ringing in my ears. But it took one another’s company to remind them of all the things they are truly grateful for… family, faith, health and their many blessings were all some of the words chosen by them and permanently penned to napkins. Perhaps one of my favorite moments was photographing Mr. Highsmith while he penned his blessings, faith and family being firsts. These napkins will no doubt be used for many years to come as a visual to the strong foundation of their family. It was the perfect afternoon, I already want to go back. It’s not very many sessions that I get to shoot and be surrounded by such warm and inviting people paired with the perfect location and a delicious thanksgiving spread with key lime pie to wrap it up, yum all around!