Sounds sketchy, no?! It really did take us 3 months to complete our session. As with most military families, one minute the military member is home and literally the next day they’re gone again. Jude is actually gone so much that when I DO see him in the neighborhood I’m shocked that it’s him! We scheduled our session for November and Christie thought he would be in Okinawa for the photos, but duty called and he was off helping those in need in the Philippines. Christie decided to go ahead with the session and at least get photos of the kids for a holiday card.
We were very excited to head out to an abandoned building I saw last spring that had some amazing grafitti all over it. We drove out to the building and wouldn’t you know it – the grass had grown up about 4 feet tall. Since all of us are deathly afraid of Habu snakes we decided to forego venturing into the grass and quickly found another location.
FINALLY, after traveling, holidays and finding a time that everyone was on the island, we finished the family session a couple of weeks ago. Mother Nature wasn’t fully cooperative, but at this point we take what we can get! I met Christie and Jude not long after we moved here almost 2 years ago. Because it’s a small military world we figured out that we all grew up within an hour of one another and that my husband probably played basketball against Jude in high school – crazy! They are a busy family of 5, with Christie running here and there all over Okinawa taking the kids to their activities. But you know what? I never hear her complain about getting them where they need to be. Adding fuel to the fire – all 3 kids are in 3 different schools on 3 different bases! She gets it all done and most of the time does it on her own too – she’s super mom in my book!
Christie had a great idea back in November and I’m so glad it came to fruition for this session when they were all together! She was inspired by my friend Chris’s photo shoot when I made them do a “what our family looks like right now” photo. And those that have seen this photo have said that definitely epitomizes their family right now – their son is always on his skateboard with his neighborhood friends doing tricks and stunts, their oldest daughter is very much the typical high schooler and is NEVER without her phone, while their youngest daughter is doing cartwheels and gymnastics stunts throughout the house and around the neighborhood! This could not have turned out any better!
Thank you again Christie and Jude!