The last photos I took before Covid shut the world down were of my dear friend (and fellow teacher) and her beautiful family. She was about to go through chemotherapy and wanted some photos before the inevitable hair loss that comes with beating a nasty disease. In January of 2020, we met, cautiously keeping our distance, completely ignorant of how much everything was about to change.
Two months after these photos were taken, everything stopped. As many of you know, my day job is teaching. Our brick-and-mortar school shut down, and overnight, we learned how to teach and learn virtually. We became familiar with what the words "synchronous" and "asynchronous" mean. And "social distancing" became a regular part of our lexicon. I did not take any more photos until October rolled around and I was contacted to do a few family sessions in nearby parks. We wore masks. We kept our distance. We took photos.
As Christmas approached, some of my friends with young kids lamented the fact that Santa photos seemed out of the question. So, my principal, who has a legit Santa suit for his yearly stint at a local winter festival, lent his suit to one of our Assistant Principals, and we surprised some kids (and their parents. And dogs.).
I even added Santa into his own holiday card photo:
Here we are, nineteen months into this pandemic, and I'm about to enter my busy season of family photos for holiday cards and gifts. While I wish I could have titled this "Post-Pandemic Pictures," we are still in the midst of Covid. I have been masked through the limited sessions I have had over the past year and will be masked through all of my upcoming sessions. Speaking of.....If you are interested in a fall family session, among other life things, I am about to complete a second Master's degree, so am only able to book one photo session per weekend - and I'm booking up quickly!
And since it's been so long since I've posted anywhere, here are a few more photos from the past year for your enjoyment:
And of course, as with everything in life, this post wouldn't be complete without a photo of my cats. Presenting Evie and Arlo.