Three weeks after getting married, my husband and I packed up a U-haul and drove west. We settled in Oklahoma, and he began studying for his PhD in fisheries biology. I began lesson planning and decorating my classroom to prepare for the 150 fourteen-year olds who were about to walk in the door. In the midst of starting new jobs, this move also quickly molded us into our family.
Photography was a hobby we both enjoyed in Georgia, but the new landscape of Oklahoma inspired me. New animals, new plants, new sky – a big sky. There was a whole new world to discover in Oklahoma, from the social communities of the prairie dogs to the bison roaming on the reclaimed prairie. And within a day trip, there were too many new species of cacti to count.
Thanks to some new friends and our families, I had opportunities to photograph life as well. All of the events building the anticipation of Christmas morning. Two people joining in marriage, which I now appreciate so much more. Family walks around the lake.
Documenting these moments help me to remember why life is so wonderful – to appreciate all the diverse beauty that the Lord has made and to love the laughs and crazy faces that my friends and I make for the camera. So, I hope you enjoy this journey. One day, when I’m eighty-three, sit down with a cup of coffee, and I’ll look back on these captured moments and smile.
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