I’ll be the first to say that I think my job is pretty amazing. I mean, how cool is it that I get to use what ever inspiration hits me, and turn it into an image that will become part of a family’s history. Take little Drew here. This wasn’t just a child portrait session for a 1-year-old. This was actually taken on his birthday. Here he is turning one. Even cooler, these images where taken at his grandparents vineyard, which Drew’s father is now farming, and maybe, someday Drew will farm it too. This past fall they took out the Concord grapes in order to replace them with wine grapes in the spring. So although the land hadn’t been bare like this for generations, it might have looked just like this when Drew’s grandpa, or maybe even great grandpa (I don’t know when it was for sure) put in the first vineyard.
Maybe it’s my journalism background, or maybe I just like to tell stories, but regardless, it got me thinking about how all of this can come together in a photo. Cue the beautiful rolling hills, the empty vineyards, the dirt road leading off in the distance, and the family’s vintage treasures, and you’ve got a really special picture that represents both the past and the future. Happy birthday Drew!