Well this is a pretty personal blog post. Two years ago my son graduated from high school at First Colonial High in Virginia Beach and almost immediately left to live in Los Angeles. I started my oldest daughter's senior photos (Also from First Colonial High) last spring, and a few months later I moved her in to Liberty University for her freshman year of college.
As a photographer I've seen kids from all over Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth Virginia and even the West Coast grow up and leave the nest. But it just got REAL for me. I have a confession to make. I was so busy working with all my paying clients, I barely captured any photos of my son. We even went to Mexico and California for 12 days over his spring break, just a guys trip, and only came out with a couple images. I regret this with all my heart.
So with Autumn, I didn't make the same mistake. She was photographed. Repeatedly. In Charleston, South Carolina, in Richmond, Virginia... & all over Hampton Roads.
I'm a single dad, and quite honestly I'm single because my kids come first. I don't date because it takes time away from them. (Told you this was getting personal!). As we're settling into a new school year- Addison is doing his own thing, Autumn is in Lynchburg, and Lyssy will come over on the weekends, but 4 days or so a week it's just me, myself, and I. The empty house thing has become a reality, and these photos are everything to me now.
After not getting photos of my son, I'm about to go on a print rampage. Even the silly ones, like the one above with Autumn in Charleston. All the memories of our trips, our adventures, weekends on the water, beach trips, Nags Head, and so much more. I want it all, and I want to see it on a regular basis.
So after working with my own kids and thinking a LOT about what we do at Elite Photography, we are thrilled to be able to offer something different. Something every parent should want. Something every kid should want. I don't want parents to miss out on photos of their kids. But even more, I don't want parents to miss out on RELATIONSHIPS with their kids. What if we were able to do both? We can!