We were half-way through our trek into the woods for a photo shoot when I looked at my friend Lori and said, “OMG! You have to take a picture of that tree for me! It looks just like one that was in my backyard as a kid. It's just bigger.” She obliged.
That tree was the magic tree. It was smack-dab in the middle of the woods in our backyard and when I was seven it was just as massive as you see here and it looked almost identical. My sister and I climbed it for years. It could be whatever we wanted- a castle, a monster, a bridge. We let our imaginations guide our play. When I was older, I'd lie on the tree and read for hours. In high school, we'd sneak a beer back there in the middle of summer where no one could see.
When I came home for my ten year-high school reunion, I climbed through what was left of the woods from the empty lot behind my old house to check it out. The magic tree was gone. The woods were thinned out. I was disappointed. Yet, here I was with my teenager staring at another magic tree.
We wound up in the woods because Lori, the photographer who's taken our portraits for years and is now a close friend, wanted to do something nice for Rosie. My teen's been sick for a couple of years with chronic migraines and POTS– some days are good. Others terrible. It's been further complicated by the fact that she's been spitting up blood for the past 142 days and no one can figure out why. Lori thought a photo shoot might lift her spirits. She was right.
For over an hour, Lori and Rosie made magic together in the woods. There was no mention of doctors or illness. No talk about missing school or not having answers. It was an hour free from the outside world. There was a lot of laughter and joy that evening.
While we stood there, we took a peek at some of the pictures. We knew that they were special-not only did my child look healthy, she looked gorgeous. Each image was pure magic. We'd love to share a few with you.
If you live in the Kansas City area (or want to make a trip) and like what you see, please contact Lori Wood Habiger at Center Stage Photography. You can check out her Facebook page here and you can reach her via email at email@example.com or phone (913) 271-0703 to book an appointment.