Meet the Sume Family. These were the winners of my Facebook Fanpage contest from a good while back! (If you are not already a fan, become one here!)
I had so many great entries for the contest. This was one that I hand-picked the winner, so people got to tell me WHY they thought that they should win. I got some sad stories and some funny stories. Some that gave me a good chuckle ("Do NOT make me go back to insert-chain-photography-store-here again!"). But, I chose the Sume family because of reasons beyond the entry. Actually, I chose the Sume family because my feelings for this family, in particular the MOM of this family, run very, very deep.
Jerri was a leader of my youth group in church when I was a teenager. A teenager full of angst, confusion, and emotional chaos. And at a time when I thought NO ONE saw me, she did. She took time out of her life to talk with me. To listen. To ask. I remember feeling astonished that an adult would do that. That an adult would see that I was struggling and actually step up and give me a safe place to talk and get out all the junk I'd built up inside. Without passing judgment or telling me what to do. And since she was so cool then, and entered my contest now, I figured it was the least I could do to show my gratitude.
It never left me.
Just a few of my faves:
Utah Family Photographer