As I was driving to Nashville a couple of days ago my cell phone rang. It was Tim calling me to see if we could arrange a photo shoot in the mountains while he and his wife Kristi were in town. They had come to the mountains to celebrate their first anniversary and wanted some fun photos to commemorate the trip. What a fun shoot it turned out to be.
While they were site-seeing, Tim and Kristi already had a good idea of what sort of locations they wanted and just took some notes. So when I met them this morning Tim says, “just follow us.” And I did…
So… we’re going along on this adventure and Tim says to me, “I hope you don’t mind, but there’s a 120 step climb to get to the waterfall in Cherokee.” Do I mind? Nah.. I’m tough.
About half way up this stairway to heaven, I’m huffing and puffing. Tim’s just talking like it’s a stroll in the park. I guess is is for him. Tim’s a US Marine!!! “Oh sorry, I run up things like this every day.” Now I don’t feel so bad, but we still stoped half way up for a little breather. Better that than him having to carry me down, right?
Next to the waterfall I see this incredible rock wall. “Want to climb it?” Before I could grab the camera, he was swinging from the rocks. Kristi and I stayed on the trail…
Spending a few hours taking photos of folks and getting to know them a little bit is just a great way to spend the morning. As we talked I found out a few other reasons these folks have to celebrate aside from their anniversary. Tim gets out of the marine corps in two months! He proudly served his country, ie. all of us, for 4 years and he’s starting a new chapter in his life… their lives.
When I asked if he was going to re-enlist. “No sir. We’ve got a baby on the way.”
With any luck, check back on the blog in a year or two and I hope we’ll have some family shots to show you.
Tim and Kristi, it was a pleasure to meet you and to capture these precious mountain memories for you. Thanks for contacting us and come back anytime.