Can you believe I used to babysit her?

About 2 months ago, there was a knock at the door.   I was particularly excited about this wedding consultation with Erika.  20 years ago, I babysat for Erika and her brother (and then only sibling) Jacob every Saturday while her mom worked as a nurse at the hospital and her dad was out with real estate clients.  It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I still think about how much I learned, grew up, and smiled because of that job. It was FUN to watch Erika and Jacob.  And as crazy as it might sound, I feel a really strong connection to Erika because of all of those Saturdays we spent together.

Fast forward 20 years to that knock on the door.  I actually had to do a double take when I swung it open.  I wouldn’t have recognized this gorgeous woman as Erika, in a million years but it took only a fraction of an hour for me to recognize what a wonderful woman she has become.  We stood in the kitchen and talked about college, church, her wedding…as adults together.  And it felt like, in some strange way, like I had found a long lost friend.  I’m so glad she called about pictures.

A few weeks later I had the pleasure of meeting Philip – who is extraordinary himself.  Together they make a perfect couple.  Here are some of the images from their engagement session:

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Erika I am SO glad we could reconnect after all these years.  And I’m so glad to no longer be your babysitter but your WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!!!  I can’t wait for that Saturday in May when I get to show up not as a babysitter, but as a photographer!  Thanks for calling.  Enjoy your Slideshow.

February 1, 2009 - 3:46 pm

Rebecca - No, actually, I can’t believe it. I think that I did some occasional babysitting for this family myself, and I just had the same double-take you did. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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