Last night I got together with some of my old co-workers over dinner. You know when you haven’t seen people in a really really long time and when you do, you’re able to jump right in where you left off? It was one of those kind of nights. We sat and caught up and reminisced about life that was only a few year back, but still feels like forever ago. It’s crazy to think that I only worked with these women for a few short years, but they happened to be some of the most difficult years of my life. These ladies supported me through my father-in-law’s illness, through my engagement, through both my weddings, through our miscarriages, through my pregnancy where I was a hot mess because of the miscarriages. They checked in on me when I was a new mom and a complete wreck and ball of all sorts of emotions. They encouraged me when I started taking photos and let me practice on their own children before I was any good and had 0 confidence in what I was doing. They supported me when I told them I wasn’t going back to them and leaving my job to take care of my babies and take photographs—something so out of left field I think it shocked us all. I’ve had friends for lifetimes and haven’t gone through nearly a fraction of the things I did with these women. And lucky for me, they have been persistent in getting together—something I need in a friendship during this crazy time in my life with small children and no time to myself. So if you ladies are reading this—THANK YOU! Your friendship means so much!
And it was so timely that I saw these ladies as I knew I was posting this blog tonight about sweet Lindesay. I met Lindesay my first year working for Beverly Public Schools. In complete honesty, I had NO idea what I was doing and lived would repeat my mantra of “fake it ’til you make it” in my head on repeat daily. Lindesay worked a few doors down from my office in one of the classrooms that worked with a challenging population of students. I remember her specifically because she had such a special way with her students. She was soft spoken and attentive and caring and exactly what those children needed in a teacher. She, along with her colleagues, worked every day miracles in those walls and our entire school was lucky to have them. I’m still not sure if that group of educators will ever know how grateful we were to them for the work they were doing. As time went on, Lindesay left the school system and, well, you know what happened to me, and our paths completely went separate ways. So coming back together with Lindesay as a bride and me as her wedding photographer felt both completely odd and all too comfortable at the same exact time. I was honored and proud to be at Lindesay’s wedding and meet her adorable family and very sweet friends.