As I find myself trying to fix the oldest portable hard drive that I own, I realize after what seems like 2 hours to get this old junk to work that I am searching for memories and answers to some of the toughest questions. Why am I looking through the oldest hard drive that I own....?
I haven't used this hard drive since 2013, the plug is broken and I have to hold it together in order to use it at all.
2013. The first year someone took a chance on me to capture their senior portraits. I was terrified. I still believe I was using automatic settings and couldn't believe someone wanted to trust me with that much responsibility.
Pulling up to Triangle Furniture, I ended up waiting on this guy for what felt like days. I think I was just super early because I was so nervous. I tend to show up early to things when I am nervous. If you know me, I am always late, so not much makes me nervous.
There he was. Jonathan Edwards, Jr.. "little Jonathan".
Handsome guy with the sweetest smile and bluest eyes. Once we were introduced and he got to talking my nerves completely calmed and I can remember he had me laughing the entire session. He had the best sense of humor. All he had to do was flash that cheesy grin! :) He was definitely a people person. Jonathan had the type of personality that would instantly make you want to be his best friend.
The day was hot. VERY hot. He didn't make the slightest complaint as he sweated through the smiles and poses. He was a real trooper. He loved his car and loved music. Listening to him pick around on his guitar was my favorite part of the afternoon. It really made the heat manageable and almost unnoticeable.
I truly enjoyed getting to know this sweet guy.
I didn't see him for a few years after that. One day, I was walking in my front yard and there he was. Parked across the street from my house at the clubhouse, he was headed to hang out with my neighbors. He didn't miss a beat. We caught up like old friends and you could tell he genuinely was interested in what was going on in my little world.
This post is for you little Jonathan. Thank you for entering into my world, if only for a brief moment or two. You will be remembered by many and your memories and stories will live on.
Please be in prayer for the families that lost these 5 young, adults. I can't imagine what they are going through, but I know that only Jesus will give them the peace to get through this terrible time. Family gatherings won't be the same, but the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Below are just a few images from his senior portrait session.
Thank you, Beverly Montgomery, for sharing your son with me and for trusting me to take his senior portraits. You helped me start this business and I owe a lot of what I have become to people like you who take a chance. <3
Rest easy, little Jonathan.