Its hard to believe that the studio is set to celebrate being open for its second year, in just a matter of days! Where has the time gone? Its been a great couple of years getting to slow down, and get back to simple living in the country, and a small town. This little town helped raise me, and its been a blessing ten-fold to be able to give back through our little portrait studio.
Our special events have had us all over the State of Oklahoma supporting both small and large causes. They have been both rewarding and physically challenging at times, but we always over delivered to every client. Its been great to meet new people while running in to familiar faces! Well, as familiar as " I remember you from 1982" can be.
Senior sessions have simply helped me get into gear, since I opened the studio days after my own son graduated High School. It was a significant milestone for him, as it is for all seniors. I will never forget that his last spring break, was spent on a road trip with me, halfway across the country, to finish his senior pic portfolio on the family farm, as well as to help start remodeling what would be the studio of Sonya Petre Photography only two weeks after he graduated. It was a long hard week, but one we will never forget.
Since then I have had phenomenal High School Seniors step in front of my lens. Each with a passion for living that should be bottled. Looking forward to life, and not wanting to spend another minute waiting. Big dreams of jobs, a few college courses already behind them, scholarships in hand, and another on the way. I try to stay in touch with every one of them, just to hear their stories of what real life is like once they are actually living their dreams. While they may have whined about getting their Senior portraits done early one morning, or late one night, they all end up having the same conversation. Their senior portraits started their life story being documented.
That makes every minute of every consultation worth it.
Looking back it is the family sessions that have never ceased to amaze me. They have really helped me reconnect to my roots. There has been 20 years of renters through my great grandparent's house prior to our taking ownership and permanent residence on the homestead. There hasn't been a month go by, that I haven't had a family session that someone ends up sharing how one of their family members lived for a time, in that little place we now call home. There are countless stories, spanning decades, that come to light when tracing bloodlines back. Even during a simple family session, everyone leaves feeling a little more like family. And that, after all, is what it is all about, and why I have been so driven to move back to Morrison. Family.
I have so few pictures from just three generations ago. The two I have I hold on to dearly. At least with my Grandparents I have a few more to pass on to my son. They mean so much when telling a story of family. More than any selfie or quick picture on the run every will. These last two are the last I have of even visiting with my Grandpa. Both of them, I nearly missed my flight on, but I wasn't leaving until I had one more picture with him. I don't want others to live on the edge like I have, of missing out on those family portraits for the next generation, and the next. There is a reason I focus on designing sessions from the location up. I want to include the details that mean the most to a family, so their portraits can tell their story. I want details in the portraits to bring even more stories back to mind, that a normal picture can't. That's why I opened the doors of the photography studio, and that is why I came home. And this year, like every year, celebrating that we are exactly where we are supposed to be!!