“I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” -Diane Ackerman. You are doing just that Amanda and Patrick. You are truly living the width of life taking on this adventure we call life, and you are doing it together. Don’t ever second guess this great change.
I first met Amanda about 2 months after moving to Alaska. She had responded to a Model call for a milk bath. For roughly two hours while she got her hair and makeup done and sat in a luke warm bath of flowers, we bonded over marriage, coffee, young mothers, the love of photography, and life. She was one of those clients I could already tell was going to be a life long friend.
I was able to photography her family five or so times over the last year and each one was fantastic, but this session was by far the best. There was something special about it. Patrick finally laughed at my dorky jokes and seemed to get that this was something so special for Amanda as it would be some of her last photos in Alaska… at least for now.
Okay, okay. I will admit I am definitely tearing up writing this. This girl has been so great to have in my life not just for photography but as a friendship that has grown strong commiserating over Alaska’s long winters and getting hyped on some double shot frappes from Starbucks. I am not sure who I will be bringing to the photo collaborations willing to be wild and crazy and embrace herself to the fullest, but I know one thing is this adventure is going to be great for your family. Squires Family, you are a gift.
You will be walking on real beaches and not Eklutna mud and you will be able to dance with fireflies and not mosquitos. You will have a real day and night experience. Enjoy every bit of cold breeze and waves on lakes as your time in Alaska nears the end.
Thank you for letting me capture over a year of memories, Thank you for the coffee dates, and thank you for being you. You all will always have a little piece of Alaska be apart of you and your life and now onto the next adventure.