Anna called me just before Christmas because her family was coming to Englewood to celebrate the holidays. Her father has a winter home here and they come regularly, staying on Manasota Key to enjoy the beaches. We met at Stump Pass Beach State Park to try to find our own niche of sand for privacy but it was busier than usual due to the holidays.
We got acquainted and comfortable together as we took photographs along the boardwalk. Anna's three boys didn't mind goofing around and having a bit of fun, which helped me capture a little bit of their natural personalities. As the sun got lower in the sky, we moved to the beach area. Anna's father came along for the session and we photographed him with the family as well.
I learned that the family has lived all over the world during the years Kirk has worked with Ford. They love their new home in New York but are still travelers at heart (just like Mike and I). I wish we'd had days to swap stories and learn more about them but as soon as the sun set, the park ranger was ready to lock the gate!
Meeting Anna, Kirk and their family is the reason I love my job. I hope we get the chance to connect again the next time they come down.