Janeal has been one of my good friends for almost as long as I can remember. When I was 8 years old, my family moved from Nevada to Arizona. Janeal and I met when our families had a get-together at a local Mexican restaurant (oh, how I miss authentic Mexican food!!), and we’ve been friends ever since. I’ve moved around a lot since high school (from AZ back to UT, back to AZ, and then BACK to UT, and finally here to the Raleigh-Durham area), but we’ve always kept in touch throughout the years. Facebook has definitely made it easier to keep up with old friends.
It was so good to spend some time catching up with her when I had the chance to visit Phoenix a few weeks ago with my mom. It’s crazy to think about how much things have changed – we both have husbands, and families, and financial responsibilities, and and and… But she hasn’t changed THAT much – she’s still one of the most beautiful, approachable people I’ve ever met. And I’m still jealous of all her hair.
Janeal asked me to photograph her family while I was there. It was a whirlwind trip (babysitting twin nephews while trying to visit as many friends as possible is a lot of work), and we didn’t have time to scout out locations, so we decided to keep it simple and take advantage of the shady areas in her backyard.
I think everyone needs an up-to-date portrait with their spouse.