• Cara LeFebvre

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

The first days of spring - when flowers bloom yet the air is still chilly. We decided to make a fire. We went to my favorite spot on the river to build it, and brought along s'mores for the celebration. Flynn built the most precise and efficient fire I ever saw - he broke down branches and searched for the exact sizes so that the cone grew gradually in size. At the start of the fire, Emery had to use the restroom so I gave her some toilet paper I brought with me & she squatted like a true Kansas girl, then delivered the toilet paper to her brother for the fire. Instead of being grossed out by this (which, to be honest, I kind of was) he used it as the centerpiece. (So sweet!!)

We hung out, laughed, had a three-legged race, talked about their family. At one point Emery decided it was important to whittle sticks down for the marshmallows. I'd forgotten my pocket knife, so she found a sharp rock and made it work! When asked if she would do ours as well, she said she didn't have time but then was convinced when we offered $1 per stick. You'll notice in one of the photos of her and Flynn she has the dollar proudly tucked in her pocket.

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Their mother reached out to me for some portraits and we decided to shoot at her father's property, which is pretty far out into the country. His land was full of magical spots - a tree adorned with a birdhouse on every branch, a winding creek along the outskirts, a few old sheds with antiques, a bridge overlooking the remnants of a river... We delved into every nook and cranny on this land and truly explored. Through playing, I sparked the nostalgia in myself I had nearly forgotten about - the freedom and wildness of my own childhood. As a kid, my friends were always the adventurers and I was the follower, which kind of explains why I turned out to be a photographer. In just two hours with Jay and Cannon, I learned a lot about wonder, simplicity, and freedom.

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