A couple years ago, my dear friend, Tracy, and her family decided to pack up their gorgeous home in a beautiful neighborhood and move out to the outskirts of town. I told her she was crazy, that she would get sick of the drive to the kids’ school, that she wouldn’t be able to run and get ice cream at Braum’s on a whim, that the isolation would be too much….until I first visited the land on which they would build their home. This must be what Oklahoma heaven looks like. The house will sit on a spot with views for miles in all directions. To the south, they overlook the downtown Tulsa skyline and the Arkansas River…to the north, they look over the rolling Osage Hills. Just west of their home sits a large barn with stalls to house horses they will take on trail rides around their land. Deer looked at me curiously as I pulled up the long gravel road leading to the house. A dock and paddleboat sit at the lake just a four-wheeler drive away down a path from the house. The opportunities for adventure and memories to be made are infinite.
It wasn’t just the spectacular beauty that drew Tracy to the property though. It was the vision of what family life would be like out there. I don’t think I’ve ever met siblings who are closer than Halle, Morgan and Laurel. The bond they share, the mutual respect and admiration they have for one another and the continuous laughter coming from them warms my heart whenever I’m around them. As a mom of three myself, I always walk away hoping that my own kids will grow up sharing a close friendship like these kids do. Halle, Morgan and Laurel’s adventure out in the country has only just begun, but as they’ve shared close quarters while their new house is being built and ventured into a new chapter of life together, it has already brought their family closer than ever.
I’ve had the privilege of photographing this family a few times and each time it truly feels like a gift. The sessions are spent running around, exploring and non-stop goofing off and cracking up. I am grateful for my job that allows me the privilege of capturing a moment in time for families and I am especially grateful that Tracy’s family is in my life. Their friendship means the world to me and their family is a true inspiration. I love you, “S” family!