Every so often, I get to photograph an event that truly moves me. A few weeks ago, I shot such an event- a family reunion. Jack and Christine Jeffers, and their six kids, and their eleven grandchildren, and their two great-grandchildren, all got together this past New Years Day, to celebrate family. It was wonderful.
I was asked to come and shoot some family portraits- to get some shots of the group all together, and then some of each of the six kids with their families- and then maybe some candid shots of the party. I had such a blast meeting this family. It almost made me wish that I had had 5 siblings (ALMOST- one older brother was plenty for me though!). The kids joked around together like they were still all teenagers at home, and the grandkids fell right into step beside them. There were a lot of laughs, a lot of hugs, and a great sense of love and family. I loved being witness to it all.
Here were some of my favorites from the day.
Jack and Christine, I can't imagine how proud you must be to look at the amazing family that you have made. Your marriage and your family are a testament to what is still good and pure and wonderful in life. I was so inspired by you both and by your wonderfully enormous family! I hope and pray that someday, years from now, my husband and I are surrounded by our kids and our grandkids the way that you both are. Happy New Year to all the Jeffers!