Delight & Tristan • Delta, Utah
Well, I guess a sand angel is in order…
We pulled up to the sand dune of choice. The sand gleaming and the sun beat down. And most of all-the wind blew. It didn’t just blow, it whirled and twisted, spitting sand into air. Delight’s long, gently curled hair whipped around as she looked with me with worried eyes and tentatively asked “The wind. Do you think it’s going to be a problem?” Little did she know that this was a photographer’s dream. All I could think of was: Beyonce hair. And then almost simultaneously a piece of sand hit me in the eye and I thought I would never see again. The kids clamored out of the car, running up the sand dune, seemingly unfazed by the wind, while we trekked up after them. I licked my lips and then my teeth. Sand. I pushed my hair back behind my ear. Sand. I look at my camera lens. Sand. Sand everywhere.
As a photographer, I knew that with the biting sand , the whipping wind, and four tired kids, that this session could go either really good or really bad. And let me tell you, it couldn’t have gone better. Delight and Tristan’s family was an absolute dream to work with. The four kids rooted each other on and picked up the others when they fell down (or were busy making sand angels). They exuded so much joy and it was easy to see how much love was shared between them. And might I add, they looked incredible. For all of my sessions, I send out a Style Guide to help my clients look and feel their best during their session. Delight took took it and ran with it, and prepared her family in a way I couldn’t have even imagined.
Delight, you were just a senior in high school. The homecoming queen. The lead in your school plays. You had friends-lots of them. But you still fed us, drove us to school, introduced us to Lauryn Hill, and signed our school papers while mom and our cancer-ridden step-dad drove the two hours for his weekly chemo treatments. Even as a 10 year old, I wanted to be just like my big sister Delight. The one who campaigned for herself using the catch phrase: “Hi, I’m Delight. De-light of your life!” The one who kept us all together during a terrible time, and showed us love in a seemingly hopeless situation. I wanted to follow in your footsteps because I knew they were good and right. Thank you for choosing me as your photographer giving me the chance to capture your beautiful family and for going along with a crazy idea like photographing you in a the middle of a particularly nasty sandstorm. <3