So... I don't want to over-sell this, but -- The Carr Family is the best family ever! (cue the fireworks, rainbows and ticker tape parade) :D No seriously... this was such a fun shoot -- and I'm even factoring in the part where I almost got flattened by their extremely enthusiastic puppy AND... Dad Chris playing a practical joke that literally left me speechless.
So the backstory... I met the Carr's at their beautiful Lake Sammamish home to photograph them for the cover of Above The Lake Magazine. It's a gorgeous day like only Seattle can deliver. To my delight... everyone is not only ready for their close-up but so warm and inviting that I think to myself ...gosh, it's like we have been friends for years ...or even better...I would totally like to be friends... similar to how we all feel every time we see Taylor Swift bring her favorite celeb BFF's on stage during her concert and secretly wish it was us (Am I alone here? Don't judge me :D ) Anyway - we're mid way through the photo shoot and Dad Chris says to me: "Hey, do you remember photographing me in Los Angeles many years ago" -- My mind races...I'm blank....how could I have forgotten this man? Admittedly -- I've done like a b-gillion photo shoots... but this is a great guy. Maybe the birth of my three kiddos really did rob me of all of my good brain cells) That stream of consciousness happens in a rapid-fire one-two punch but I'm determined to rally. Over the course of the next hour... it's a cat and mouse game of Chris walking me down memory lane... and me careening off into a semi truck of "I've got nothing-ness" (but all of that happens...just in my head) -- He mentions the Santa Monica location, the companies he worked for... it's all there, what is wrong with me??? And now as we close out the shoot -- I'm forced to admit... I'm a terrible person that somehow managed to forget this amazing human being ... to which he says with a huge grin "Just kidding, we've NEVER MET -- my daughter told me that you worked down there and I thought I'd have some fun with you." --huh? what? -- OH-MY-GOSH. (Maybe I should have been a little salty... but nope, I'm not embarrassed to share with you that I felt the most overwhelming sense of relief to know that I'm NOT crazy, my memory is actually still relatively intact) AND then my next thought...um, I still want to be friends with the entire lovely family!!! (Alright, maybe I'm a little crazy ;-) ... but the Carr's are awesome so be sure to check out the feature on them in the new Above The Lake. )
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