I met Tess almost 14 years ago. I was a newly married Colorado transplant from the east coast. She was a junior in high school at FVS, and one of the returning players on the field hockey team. She was one of the quietest but sweetest girls I'd ever coached, and I loved spending two years coaching her. Years later, her younger siblings would follow her to FVS, but after she graduated, and then we left FVS, we lost touch.
Fast forward a few years and we reconnected on Facebook. Tess was now the newlywed, and I was the mother of three. Thousands of miles separated us, but it was wonderful to have reconnected. Fast forward a few more years, and there we were, hugging on her front porch, me with my camera, and her with a precious new baby in her arms, and an adorable toddler at her feet. Funny how time flies by, bringing you to moments that have you reminiscing and celebrating.
This is where I found myself last week. Back at Chico Basin Ranch, where Tess and her siblings grew up, where some of them now live and work themselves. We spent a beautiful morning together, where I had the pleasure of photographing Tess and her husband, David, along with their two sons, Woods and Hayes. We got lots of great portraits, as you can see below, but even more wonderful was watching Tess with her boys, and enjoying the sight of the beautiful young lady I once knew, now all grown up with a beautiful family. I loved every moment.
Thank you, Tess and David, for welcoming me into your home. You have such a beautiful family. Tess, it was so wonderful to see you again, and to see you so happy, so in love (times three!) You deserve all the love in the world!