The older I get, the more I appreciate my small-town upbringing. It’s funny because when you’re young, you kind of just assume that your life is pretty normal and average. When I was a junior in high school and started looking at prospective colleges and universities, I was BLOWN AWAY at some of the sizes of schools: THOUSANDS? TENS OF THOUSANDS? It blew my mind. It will come as no surprise, then, that I ended up at Bridgewater College in Virginia – with a student population of around 1600 at that time.
And at Bridgewater I met friends from all over..and I remember those first meetings and awkward conversations so well. I’d try to describe my hometown to my new northern Virginia friends: “Yeah it’s a little town…and I went to high school in that town…my graduating class was about 140…” I quickly learned that little Smithsburg was far from the norm; graduating class sizes of 140 were few and far between!
But the cool thing about our “little” town and “little” high school is that, for the most part, I spent nearly every year of school from kindergarten through twelfth grade with the same families and classmates. The Brown family was one of those families. I’ve known them forever! We’ve lived in the same town for as long as I can remember! Courtney and I were soccer teammates and gym class classmates. And when this business started to take shape, she was one of the first to trust me as a photographer. I photographed her and her husband Kevin a few weeks before their daughter, Parker, arrived, and then again when Parker was 6 months old.
It was such a pleasure to work with them for a THIRD time…and this time with the whole Brown crew! We had the best time laughing at Lincoln, Parker and Berkley, catching up and enjoying a perfectly warm fall evening. Enjoy my favorites of this beautiful family!