Now I can’t even describe to you how much I adore Dana and her family. Now I’m gonna get a little sentimental on you. Dana and I go back….like way back… no seriously, I’m talking Kindergarten 1987.
Yup, for those of you didn’t know my age, you can now figure that out.
If you are interested in hearing about this, keep on reading… otherwise I give you permission to skip my trip down memory lane and get straight to the photos. Although I will tell ya, me and Dana…we were so dang cool! Even before we entered the crazy world of 3 kids.
Meeting in Kindergarten, back in Staten Island, New York, we became inseparable. Once we found out that we were born hours apart, we immediately connected as did our families. As every girl did growing up in that era, we had sleepovers, made up dances to Ice Ice Baby and the Humpty Dance! Enjoyed talking about New Kids on the Block, the boys in our class, and so much more! Who remembers the Humpty Dance!!!!!???
Right before third grade began, Dana had taken a terrible fall off her bike and hurt her leg, keeping her out of school for a significant amount of time. I’ll never forget all those days bringing homework to her and just hanging out with her while she was unable to go out and play.
We made it through third, fourth and fifth grade until I found out I was moving to Florida after my fifth year of school was over. I was devastated to say the least. That last summer was one I won’t forget. I think we spent almost every day together with sleepovers from my home one to hers. Swimming in our pools and having all the girls over for group slumber parties ,playing girl talk and that silly Ouija board.
After the first year of living in Florida, Dana and her family came to visit. We stayed in touch and I visited a few times but then one day I got an amazing call. They were moving to Florida! And to Spring Hill!!!! I couldn’t believe it!
I had already graduated high school and was attending college away from home. It was so great to come home and see her.
Time has past and we now have families, but the past will always be in my heart. I have so many AHHHMAZING memories of my childhood because of this girl. It’s so great to see her when I do and her beautiful children. Pete, you’re not so bad yourself 😉
Now onto this family and the photos, shall we?
Beach days and family outings to Busch Gardens are just a couple of the things the Gressick family enjoys doing together.
Braelyn is 6 and the oldest of their crew. She enjoys learning all new and interesting facts.
Kendall, the “middle child” is 4 and loves to dance.
Logan is the “baby” and like most boys, he likes his superheroes.
This is my favorite photo! This is real life, people! The kids are hot, dirty and spent! The parents have given up and decided that they have reached the dark side. It is so normal for this to happen. As a mater of fact, 9 out of 10 sessions with kids around this age, tend to end with the parents saying……”okay, we are done!”
The pictures get processed and tears are brought to their eyes when they realized I was right when I said, “I promise, you are going to LOVE your images.” They forget all about the chaos and remember the memories of that session and all the fun they had when looking back at what I captured for them. Real life, real love, real moments, real memories.
I asked Dana about her favorite parts of the session. Here was her answer:
Capturing those moments you don’t normally get to capture… like when the wheels started falling off and the porch became a jungle gym, Kim was able to capture one of my most favorite snap shots of all three of my kids jumping off the porch. Moments like that are what made our session so special.
Don’t stress, Kim will be sure to capture every essence of your beautiful family.
Thank you to Dana and Pete for always coming back to me! Your family is beautiful and a joy to “work” with. If this is work, I never want to stop!