A whole batch of heart eye emojis need to be used for this post. Two dear friends of mine had their first child in 2016 and they contacted me about doing a session in my hometown of Plainfield, Indiana.
This session was special to me for multiple reasons:
1. Who doesn’t love an excuse to see old friends?
My husband and I had attended Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee the same time that David and Lisa were there. Our stories and lives crossed paths in various ways while we were at school, but it was not until after graduation that our friendship went to a new level as we ended up working at the same church (Kingsway Christian Church) on the westside of Indianapolis. We bonded as the newlyweds on staff and shared five great years of doing life and ministry together.
2. Who wouldn’t want to capture a much anticipated and prayed for baby?
David and Lisa had started trying to get pregnant not long after Scott and I made the move to Owensboro, Kentucky. Due to the distance and our busy schedules, we did not keep up as much during this time. I didn’t realize until over a year into their journey how David and Lisa wrestled with infertility. I was touched by the emotion and heartache of these friends as they were so ready to be parents, but had not been able to conceive yet. Their faith and joy amidst this season of waiting were an amazing example to me. I then continued to see the beauty of Jesus in them as they celebrated becoming pregnant and welcoming Carter to the world.
3. Who isn’t excited to spend time enjoying the charm of their hometown?
I liked growing up in a suburban town just outside of Indianapolis. I felt like I had the best of both worlds. You could enjoy time out in the country, but you could just as easily drive into the city. My session with the Johnsons was special because it took place at Friendship Gardens. Most people in Plainfield know this park for its large white gazebos and fountains where you can find outdoor summer weddings or large droves of teenagers with their entourage of family taking prom pictures. But I know this park because my grandfather, Larry Pilcher, was instrumental in establishing the WWII Memorial that resides there. His name, among many others, is recognized on that monument. I never fail to smile when I pass by the park and think of him. I can still remember how you would often find his car parked not too far from the monument and you would see him out weeding flower beds or talking to people who were out for a walk at the park.
A mixture of old memories and new moments made up this session that I won’t soon forget!