Friends no matter how far away

This past year we made wonderful new friends. Our girls and I. We were hoping to hold them close for a while but earlier this spring we got the news that their stay here in Boston would be shorter than expected and they would be moving away.  You can only imagine our shock, disappointment and sorrow after that. 

I had the opportunity to take pictures of our friends for them. This woman is absolutely amazing. Mother of five. One has left the nest already. She's truly beautiful inside out. Her two youngest ones have become great friends for our girls. And we all cherish these friendships.

After we moved to Boston area more than seven years ago I have never taken friendship for granted. It was very hard to find friends here. During these years I have managed to meet truly wonderful people and become friends with them. I've also had to say good bye to some of these friends. I can tell you it's not easy. Not in the slightest. I miss each and everyone of them. The best thing though about friendship is that if it's true it will last the test of distance. 

The hardest for me has been seeing how my children are taking this and how they are so very upset about loosing their buddies. It's hard for an adult to see a friend move away. I can only imagine what my little ones are going through. We try to talk about it but there's still emotions and questions that stay unsurfaced. 

In a way we're lucky. Things could be worse. These lovelies could be moving to a country that we wouldn't be traveling to at all. However, we'll meet them again in Finland. This summer. Already looking forward to it. ❤️  

Happy mail

I'm still trying to recover from our Christmas break. HAH! It was a bit of a shock to go from three adults for 7 weeks to one adult in time of only few days. Reality strikes hard. My husband travels quite a lot because of his work and has started his travels for this year. My mother also left back to her own home in Finland. So sad to say goodbye to her every single time and it seems harder each time. There are times I really wish we had one of those transporters they have in Star Trek. Would come super handy in my family! (All of our family is in Europe and that is way too far away.)  But things are getting back to normal. I'm getting back to normal. 

I got some absolutely stunning mail during the holiday season. The best kind for a photographer. They made me extremely happy. I wanted to show you as well. 

Some of my clients from 2016 sent me their holiday cards. You have no idea how wonderful it was to see pictures I've taken proudly portrayed in these families holiday greetings to their families and friends. Truly warmed my heart and I felt so privileged that I had been chosen to take their pictures.

I know of at least three other families that used my pictures in their cards this Christmas but I have not seen them. And I'm wishing there were more as well. I want to thank all my past clients last year and I hope to see you soon again.