“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
After meeting Josh and his family it is easy to see where he gets his good heart and head from. Just look no further than his parents. These two adoring parents have created a family that is a complete reflection of them, full of kindness and spirit. In addition to these traits Josh also has a quiet confidence about him. This was obvious during our session. After spending enough time with teenage guys I realize that having their portrait taken is definitely not at the top of their priority list. Nine times out of ten it is us moms who love a treasured photo of the major milestones in our children’s lives. But his calm confidence made Josh a natural in front of the camera. There was no awkwardness or stiffness that many of us feel initially in front of the camera (myself included!) Josh, you had such a good nature and wonderful sense of humor throughout the whole process.
This session celebrated not one, but two major milestones in Josh’s life. In addition to photographing Josh’s senior portraits and his new status as a high school senior, we were also documenting the newest addition to his family, 17 year old Saris. A few weeks prior to our session Saris became an official member of Josh’s family when his parents adopted her. When I discussed the session with his mom, Staci, she told me about the exciting and surprising events that were unfolding for their family. It was important to her to capture this special time for all of them. It is truly an extraordinary day when I get to photograph and preserve these moments for a family. Each family has a story to tell, and this was one exciting chapter for the Valdix family!
During our session Josh and his family shared many details of their lives. I have to admit, as someone who leaves a lot to be desired in the athletic department, I am quite in awe of his ability to run a mile is well under seven minutes. He is looking to attend a small Christian college; the perfect choice for this upstanding young man and his devout Christian values. During their session Staci shared a road trip story that had us all in stitches. She and a friend envisioned a mom and kids road trip full of fun and adventure. Unfortunately the visions were not the reality of the trip. It became one of those “if-it-could-have-gone-wrong-it-did” vacations. Adventure? Yes! Full of crazy mishaps? Absolutely! Having lived through one of trips in my youth I know how hilarious they can be after the fact. The Valdixes were in hysterics sharing memories of that adventure.
Josh I hope you have a specular close to your senior year! I have a feeling this is just the beginning of many exciting experiences in your life. Like your unforgettable family trip, life is full of crazy mishaps and adventures . But if you can look back, laugh at them, and discover some valuable lessons along the way then you have come out ahead of the game. I have no doubt that your good heart will bring you many successes laughable moments along the way.