December 29, 2023
Happy Friday, friends!
I’d like to introduce you to a family that is very special to me. One that has taken me in as if I’ve been a part of it for all of these years – the Ferrier/Hogg family.
Courtney and I met a few years ago when I took up a part-time job at Loft. I found myself living alone and working full-time photography, which meant working mostly from home and having very few people I saw on a regular basis. I had gone through a major lifestyle change and major weight loss transition, which meant, of course- new clothes. So…. let’s just say I was a REGULAR at Loft!
After becoming a familiar face to the manager, she approached me one day asking if I was interested in working a few hours a week and added the promise of favorable discounts. I had already considered something of the sort to have “work friends,” so the timing worked out perfectly, and the discounts were just an added bonus. 😉
I’ll never let Courtney live down the first time I asked her to hang out outside of work. We were closing the store one evening and walked to our cars together. I’d gathered up every ounce of courage I had to say, “Hey, if you ever want to grab a drink or hang out, I’d be down for it. It’s just me these days, so I have a lot of free time on my hands.” Now, keep in mind, Courtney is 10 years younger than me, so I was already cringing at myself for being THAT “old person” on the job. In my mind, I just knew she hated having to respond, “Sure! That sounds great! We should do that!” I will forever pick on her about how fake it sounded. I was so embarrassed. haha!
But…. joke’s on her, because somehow, we developed this friendship anyway. And not just any friendship, the BEST kind of friendship. The “I’m going to call you 938 times a day to tell you every single detail whether you like it or not” kind of friendship. The “I just want you in the same room/same car/on the other end of the phone regardless of what we’re doing” kind of friendship. The “nothing you can say or do is ever going to break this” kind of friendship. I guess she’s what some would call “my ride or die.” (Are we still using that term?)
And you know what comes with best friends? Their family. 🙂 And Courtney has a top-notch one.
I don’t know that I could have made the move away from Shreveport without Ms. Tammy and Courtney’s help. Now, when I return, I always have a home there waiting for me. And I don’t just mean a physical structure… a house, I mean a HOME. A family. A place and a space, yes, but also open hearts that fit me right into their lives as if I’ve always belonged.
And so, when I would hear Ms. Tammy talk about how she wanted so badly to have all of her kids together for photos, I knew I wanted to make something happen. Unfortunately, Courtney and Erin’s brother, Caleb, lives states away, so in lieu of Tammy having all of her kids together, I thought we’d do something equally as special- bring in her mom (MiMi) for a three generation girls photoshoot.
Y’all. My heart just bursts with joy every time I look through these. Not only are these people incredibly special to me, but they have such a special bond between them, and I’m so grateful to continuously be a part of witnessing that and to have been a part of capturing it on camera.
It’s moments like these that I want to create for people on a regular basis. I cherish every time I get to be the one behind the camera snapping images that a family will treasure for a lifetime and generations later will cherish, too.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. <3