Friends like family {Family Portrait} Ocean Gate, NJ October 2011

My friend Kristin and I have been friends for so long now the term only applies as a technicality.  She and I are like sisters.  My husband always knows who I’m on the phone with because we gab and laugh like we’re still 16.   Recently I stayed for a weekend at her house.  This past year has been one of upheavals for both of us and I noticed the framed photos on her walls were all attached to bittersweet memories.  Camera in hand, I suggested a shoot of just her and her son, for no other reason than that they are family together – not for a wedding, not for a Christmas card, not for a graduation, no other reason.  I was surprised when she agreed.  For this shoot we strolled a nearly-deserted best-kept-secret on the real Jersey Shore: the boardwalk in Ocean Gate, NJ with its tiny beach on the Barnegat Bay, sailboats bobbing out in the calm waters.  I’m really proud of these shots. I feel I captured their bond and their personality.  The best part was reminding Kristin of how beautiful she is.  Here are a few:

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