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Orion Township, Bald Mountain – Extended Family Beach Session

As the dust settles from all of the holiday excitement, I feel like I can finally take a breath. The last several months have been a whirlwind of activity. For photographers in Michigan fall is the “busy season” with all of it’s glorious color. My “busy season” started in August – and has lasted until last week! I’m super grateful for all of the amazing moments I was able to capture, but my blogging has taken a back seat – to all of that shooting and editing. So, now I’m excited to be able to share what I’ve been working on. This session is near and dear to my heart for many reasons.

Mrs. Teresa Terrian worked at The Goddard School while Jenna was in preschool. Even though she wasn’t in Jenna’s actual classroom at the time, she greeted me with a smile everyday – and always waved to Tommy – no matter how many times he stopped to “see the babies.” When I heard that her husband was battling cancer, my heart broke and I knew I needed to help somehow. Last spring a good friend of mine ( Miss Kristy ) held a fundraiser in support of the Terrian Family https://www.facebook.com/terriantough/. So, I donated a session to be auctioned off at the event.

I was so thrilled when another Goddard family put in the winning bid! The Keie family decided to do a big extended family session on the beach at Bald Mountain Recreation Area. I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better day, or a more beautiful family. Mr. and Mrs. Keie, their three children ( and spouses ) and their 5 grandchildren spent the afternoon playing in the sand, splashing in the water, and of course posing for a few photographs too! These are just a few of the beautiful memories I captured that day, and they make me smile every time I look at them. To me this session was so much more than just photographs. It made my heart happy that the Keie family has this great day captured, and it hopefully helped the Terrian family a little too.

One of the things I love best about living in Oxford is that we are a small town. We really are a village, and anytime I see someone in need, the town rallies to come together and help in any way they can. I send my good thoughts and hope to the whole Terrian family – Mr. Mark is an incredible fighter, and really is #terriantough!

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