I was so excited to do the Strickland’s documentary family photography session last week. Kristen was one of the first people I met almost nine years ago when we moved to Mandeville, LA. Immediately Kristen welcomed me to her church and community. She invited my daughter, Lily, to play with her daughter, Macy and our new town didn’t seem so unknown. They became fast friends as preschoolers. Life often takes you on different paths, but your friends are still your friends. Lily takes dance, Macy run track and their hobbies pull them in different directions. Now that the girls are older they don’t see each other nearly enough, but Macy still had friendships bracelets ready for me and Lily when I walked through the door for their session! She is the cutest little tom boy you could ever meet. She loves to bike, swim and run the 400 and 800 Meter races! Abel and Kristen are incredible parents. They let Macy be herself, but still encourage the qualities you want your children to have- respect and kindness for others at the top of that list. I have the uptmost respect for this sweet family and am so glad to call them our friends.