When I was an eighth grader, my grade school took volunteers to watch the Kindergarten class so that the teacher could eat their lunch. I loved kids and was all over that opportunity. During my time in the class, I was taken by a little girl named Jessica. She was so sweet. She also cried all the time so she spent a lot of time on my lap. I sent a note home with her one day asking her mom if I could babysit for her. Never did it cross my mind that she could have brothers or sisters! Her mom did eventually contact me and I soon found out that she had a little brother – Christopher. I began babysitting for the family and soon found out that Christopher was not the easiest child to take care of. His parents would leave for a night of bowling and he would literally cry for the entire time they were gone. But I stuck through it. Many years, and one more little brother later, those three kids still hold a special spot in my heart.
In 2009, Jessica was married to Nick and I had the honor of shooting that wedding. They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at a cute little farm in Madison. I loved it. It showcased Jessica’s personality so well. Watching her get ready that day brought a tear to my eye. She may not be my child, but I think I have always had a special “big sis” relationship with her. Watching her grow up has been a gift. Thank you to Charlene and Mike for sharing your beautiful daughter with me.
Tomorrow I will have the honor of shooting the wedding of the second Hersh child – this time in Milwaukee. I could not be more excited to be able to enjoy this wedding as not only a photographer, but also as a guest. I wish Cassie and Chris all the best!! Two down and one to go — Joe, it’s your turn next!!
Congratulations Chris & Cassie!!!