Calm in the Storm . . .

It has been raining a lot here lately.

I know that it rains a lot in other places – I mean, more than it is raining here, but I don’t live in other places.

I live here, and somewhere inside of me there is a seasonal clock that tells me summer is right around the corner  . . . just right there. 

Unfortunately, I sometimes get lost in the rain.  It is dark and cold and wet. 

I think its because the winters here seem to be so long – so cold, that I get anxious to be outside.  My kids get anxious to be outside.  I get anxious for my kids to be outside.

I think its because I have found something that I really love.  I love to be outside – outside with people – outside with people, talking and taking their pictures.  I love to be outside – with people – watching the story of their lives unfold right before me.  I think when its wet and cold and dark I miss my job . . .

This week we had one perfectly beautiful evening. 

This week we had one perfectly beautiful evening with perfectly beautiful light.

This week we had one perfectly beautiful evening, with perfectly beautiful light, and I got to spend it with a perfectly beautiful family. 

Meet the Tiffie Family.  Meet this sweet couple whom have been married for 18 years.  Meet their sweet girls whom adore their parents, and whom I instantly fell in love with too.  These girls were not timid.  They were not afraid.  These girls were bright!  They were smart!  They were super fun to be with, and on this beautiful night, I had the sincere pleasure of watching their family really love one another. 

Sometimes I meet families who really understand what it is I want to do with photography.  They understand that the “perfect family portrait,” is not necessarily the one where all eyes are forward and all smiles in their perfect place.  There are some families that I meet who understand that I belive every family is unique – each person different and beautiful.  There are some families that I meet that let me share who they are through laughter and light, through serious eyes and thoughtful moments; through the things that they love.  This family loves to be outside.  This family loves to be together.  This family is comfortable, warm, and inviting.  They are on an adventure TOGETHER, and I just got to be a fly on the wall for a couple of hours . . . it was the calm in the storm.  It was beautiful.  Meet the Tiffie Family. 

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  1. Melissa

    June 10th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    These are amazing. They brought tears to our eyes. It shows us that we truly are abeautiful family. We can not wait to see the rest.

  2. Rosemary Laukka

    June 10th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful these are my beautiful granddaughters.

  3. PAULA WHALEN

    June 10th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    What beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. I absolutely love the way Sky is looking at Cliff and Melissa as they are kissing. The girls are so easy to be around so I am sure the photographer had a good time with them. Fabulous scenery!!!!!

  4. Andrea Chancler

    June 10th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    These pictures are truly beautiful. The photographer did a wonderful job. You can see the girls’ eyes smiling and faces beaming with love. Looks like ya’ll really enjoyed the day.

  5. Billy Chancler

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    You sure do have a good looking family. I really like the pictures.

  6. Melissa

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    These are amazing. They brought tears to our eyes. It shows us that we truly are a beautiful family. We can not wait to see the rest.

  7. Andrea Chancler

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    These are truly beautiful. The photographer did a fantastic job. You can see the girls’ eyes smiling and their faces beaming with love. Looks like ya’ll really enjoyed the day.

  8. CrystalL

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Beautiful family, I’m sure they will treasure these images forever.

  9. Kristy Heppler

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I just met the girls but they are so cute and easy to be around! These pictures are so bueatiful, the background is so pretty. I love how the girls look when they are peeking out the window! I’ve only met Melissa but the man named Clif(sorry if it’s not spelled right)seems realy nice I would love to meet him. Great pictures I love them!!!!!!!!!!

  10. rachael

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    great job, cute kids!

  11. Christina

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    These photos are beautiful! Love them and love yall!

  12. Colin

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Awesome pictures! The children are beautiful.

  13. Shanna

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Beautiful family.

  14. joe Esposito

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    The pics Are great. Even cliff looks good.

  15. Ann Thomas

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    So beautiful.

  16. MikeThomas

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Beautiful family, beautiful pictures

  17. Brian Clark

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Great pics.

  18. Rachel

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    What a beautiful Family! I love the picture of the girls at the window.

  19. Ann Thomas

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    This is a beautiful family, not only on the outside but the inside too. Photos are great

  20. Mike Thomas

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Cliff for a buckskinner you are a great looking dad. Melissa, you too are as pretty as your daughters. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, these pictures say it all

  21. Ann Thomas

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    These are some beautiful photos. The family is just as beautiful

  22. Melanie Craig

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I really enjoyed the pictures- you certainly know your stuff!!!

  23. Richard Craig

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    The best pictures I believe I have ever seen.

  24. Linda Lawyer

    June 10th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Very nice and expressive. Loved seeing these beautiful children and this neat couple we have made some nice memories with in the past.

  25. Patsy Brumfield

    June 10th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Absolutley awesome!! Beautiful pictures!!

  26. Peggy Jones

    June 10th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    The pictures are amazing. Truly captures the love that this family has for one another. Great job!!!

  27. Bridget

    June 10th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Beautiful images!.. What sweet girls, great captures 🙂

  28. Angela

    June 11th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Such a great location! Great images

  29. Jeannie

    June 11th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    These pics are amazing! They are just breath taking! Actually, they remind me of something in a magazine. Kuddos to you!

  30. Zenia

    June 11th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Oh wow! I love the photo of the kids looking out the window!

  31. Kim

    June 11th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Awesome photography! I am looking forward to meeting my new cousins…. Love to all of you!

  32. Nikki Painter

    June 11th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Aww these are just too sweet!! Beautiful family!

  33. Kathy Kilminster

    June 14th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I love that these pictures are not the “conventional, posed” type. They show the personalities of this darling family and the loved that is in abundance! Beautiful, wonderful!

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