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a legacy of love: heritage session

I’m always excited to receive an email from possible clients, but I was beyond thrilled when this request for a Heritage Session arrived! I had already had the honor of spending some time with this sweet family capturing the generations on Bobby’s side. Martha was now requesting some images of her grandmother at the young age of 88, her mother (who also happened to be my High School AP English teacher and one of my favorite educators of ALL time) and her girls Kate and Lizzie.

As I continued to read her email, I was captivated by the rich history of their family and the home where we would meet for our time together. Martha’s great grandfather built this home. There have been  5 generations on the same piece of land and 4 generations of women who have lived in this same house. Isn’t that amazing?

We had a wonderful time reminiscing about the past; and I soaked in all the stories they generously shared. I especially loved how Martha’s grandmother got the name “Gonsie.” (My sincerest apologies for the misspelling!)

The original deed for the land.

This is one of my favorite images from the day! I love “Gonsie’s” hands holding the picture of the home from days gone by!

I feel like this next one could be in Southern Living. The girls quietly playing in the garden, in front of this amazing home, rich with history and abundant memories speaks volumes.

Could it get any sweeter than this?

If you’ve ever wondered whether a Heritage Session is for you, I’ll just let this picture speak for itself.

We finished up with Martha, Bobby and their charming little girls.  Aren’t they such a gorgeous family?

Martha, thank you for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful morning with your precious family. The blessing was all mine!

Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.

Psalm 119:111-112

July 26, 2010 - 3:33 pm

Elizabeth Bradley - Wow Annie! These pictures are just precious. I know they’ll treasure them forever. What a sweet family! And I completely agree with you… and with Sharon… I loved having Mrs. Strickland as a teacher. She was definitely one of my favorites!

July 26, 2010 - 1:17 pm

Alisha Moore - These pictures are beautiful! I remember Mrs. Strickland telling us stories about that house in class, it’s amazing to see it such a unique way.

July 26, 2010 - 11:46 am

Martha - What a blessing that I put off scheduling a “studio portrait” of these 4 generations! Procrastination paid off, because we found Annie. No one could have created better illustrations of this chapter of our family story. This setting added emotion and history to the picture, and will always remind us of the many other generations and individuals we are blessed to call family.

July 25, 2010 - 6:45 pm

Merilyn - Thank you a million times, Annie. I am just so happy with these pictures. And thanks especially for your sweet comments about me. I loved having you as my student!

July 24, 2010 - 10:33 pm

B. Knight - I loved these photos because I love these people! They are all quite dear to me and I knew they were doing this…wow! What great results!

July 24, 2010 - 2:02 pm

Sharon - …oh, and Mrs. Strickland was one of my favorite educators of all time too!!!! 🙂

July 24, 2010 - 2:01 pm

Sharon - YAY! I am my eyes are welling up looking at these pictures! Bobby is my cousin but I had no clue the rich history Martha had waiting to share! Kate and Lizzie are too precious and it’s neat to think someday they’ll be showing THEIR great granddaughters photos in front of this house. Praise the Lord for blessing us with family!

July 24, 2010 - 8:28 am

Jessica Knight - These turned out lovely.

July 24, 2010 - 8:22 am

Maxine Robertson - I love it. Great job.

July 24, 2010 - 8:17 am

Jamie Davis - These pictures are wonderful. Puts a smile on my face! Love the dark greens in the pictures.These pictures, I’m sure, will become apart of their heritage.

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