The day I met the love of my life.
6 September

The day I met the love of my life.

taker1988smYou just never know what a day will bring. Twenty five years ago this week, I attended a christian rock concert where I first saw the man that I would marry and spend the rest of my life with. I was taking some darkroom photography classes at Northern Virginia community college, working on an independent study of album cover design, as I wanted to work with photographing musicians. I was friends with the members of the band "Taker"  They had a local concert planned at a middle school in Vienna, Virginia. I had been dating someone and he had broken off our relationship that day. I was in no mood to go to a concert or hang out with my friends, much less...meet anyone new. But I had pictures to take for an assignment and that's what I was there for.  This was back in the days when after processing my film by hand, I waited for it to dry, then I could make prints...again by hand so I could finally see if I 'got' anything to work with. About two weeks later  I had some 8x10s in hand that I could show my friends what I shot, I took them to their band practice at my friend Kevin's house. I was in a much nicer mood that night after recovering from my summer romance breakup. This was the night that I actually met Sean McNally, he had become friends with the band the night of the concert and they had invited him to a practice . We became friends that night and we did not date until about eight months later...but it is where it all began. Fast forward twenty five years later to this summer, when we get a call from our mutual friend from the past, Kevin Potter, who was calling to schedule senior portraits for his son Mitchell.  (about 5 years ago we did his daughter Kyla's portraits too...and that was the first time in 20 years that we reconnected with the Potter family) We got Mitchell on our schedule when we were back in Virginia in August shooting senior and family portraits. Making sure we scheduled in a little extra time to really catch up with our connector.  Kevin dug out some of the old tunes and turned up the way back machine as they smoked stogies together and Mitchell and I went and took some great pictures.   VA_0247 VA_0237 VA_0081 OL VA_0212