I recently met up with the Cheek Family for their family portraits. It was one of my favorite sessions to date. This precious family brought me out to their land. Not just any old land, but land that has been in their family for years.

These girls have spent their free time collecting memories and adding to the ones already collected by their mom.

It’s funny how in a fast-paced world, how much the little things can mean so much more. In a world of use and toss, move on to the new, the integrity of the old is presented as tarnished and worthless. Y’all, that can’t be further from the truth. 

This family has stories that cover each part of this land, from the gate they helped to fix, to the tree that used to stand, but now holds a large cauldron pot. It means something to the someones who love this land, which means preserving those bits of history is all the more important.

Tracy has walked and driven this path since she was young, spending much of her free time here. How amazing it is to be able to share that with your children, and watch them create their own stories.

And I’m convinced that sisters, in a place like this, will have THE BEST stories!

We ended their session with an amazing tree, and even better, sisters running and catching each other! The latter scene was followed by, “That didn’t go the way I pictured it!” Hahaha!

These images are not just an annual family portrait, they are a piece of their history, a chapter in their story, and proof of the small moments, that were some of the most important <3

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it all!