One summer, when I was in college, I sold Kirby vacuum cleaners. After this one demo I was loading all my stuff in my car and said to the lady of the house that had helped me carry my stuff out, "sorry about the mess, I've really gotta clean the inside of my car sometime" to which she said, "oh that's okay, barbers need haircuts". I kind of looked at her quizzically for a second until it dawned on me what she meant, that sometimes the most obvious things don't happen.
Fast forward a few years (okay, more than a few) to a couple of months ago. This photographer's youngest daughter, Emily, who just happens to be a senior this year, doesn't have any senior photos. Okay, it's not like I didn't know she was a senior, it was just one of those things that I knew I would do eventually....... sometime. My wife would periodically remind me that "sometime" needed to happen and I would nod in agreement. "Sometime", however, always seemed to get put on the back burner.
As I looked out the window one day it occurred to me there were no longer any leaves on the trees, I was wearing a heavier coat and running the heater in the car. Oh oh. "Sometime" better happen pretty soon or we're going to be doing photos in a snow bank.
I asked Emily if she would want to do the photos on the up coming Saturday and she said sure. We decided to go to Chautauqua Institution because there's so many different places to get good shots. We dragged along my wife and Emily's older sister Meagan with the promise we'd go get some supper when we were done.
Emily was a real trooper. Let me tell you, it was cold, but she happily tromped through the woods, leaned on fences, sat on the ground and did just about anything else I could think of. By the time we finished though, we were both freezing and ran to the van to get warmed up. And while she had chattering teeth in between shots we think they turned out pretty good. Next time though, I'll try and make sure that "sometime" happens a little sooner.