If asked to describe Joanna in one word, the answer is simple: Pillar. This description spans all of the usual phrases: Pillar of character, of strength, of community, and so forth. Joanna provides essential support to so many, and asks for so little in return. I first met Joanna many years ago, and after one afternoon, I walked away thinking “this woman can do anything”. So far, she has lived up to that passing observation. Seriously, if I were tapped to recreate the We Can Do It poster, she would be my modern Rosie the Riveter. She is married to Mark (an Army Ranger who is elite both on the job and at home), and together they are fabulous parents to four (yes, four) lively children. As a family they have lived all over the country, and beyond. She thankfully is an avid blogger, allowing those of us who love and respect her vigor to keep up with their escapades.
My encounters with the family are few and far between, and up until now the timing has never been right for us to come together and document any part of their lives. With Mark away, Joanna opted to drive up to the area to visit friends, so we seized the opportunity for a quick session! With 8 fast feet and 4 individually charged psyches, we opted to forgo the usual portraits & just let the children run free. Our time was organic, chaotic, and dynamic… I wouldn’t expect anything less.
Come frolic with us:
Did I forget to mention Joanna’s impeccable taste? Because if I don’t, it’s a crime. Look at these perfectly coordinated outfits. The colors. The textures. The shoes. It’s like working with wee J Crew models. My heart melted the minute they bounced out of the mini-van.
I love Annie’s eyelashes. She was so comfortable around the camera & her sweet spirit came right through.
Weston was full of ideas for creative individual portraits… I caught this grin just after his best ninja pose. Mattie is observant and cautious. She took her time opening up, and while I managed to get a few great giggles, I thought this expression best represented her thoughtful personality.
This is my favorite image from the day. It perfectly captured their spirit.
Joanna… it is always a pleasure. I hope our next encounter is sooner rather than later!