The Pasture {Fine Art Photograph, Effingham County, Illinois}

 

When I went to look her photo up in the yearbook, the yearbook wasn't there!  Then I remembered.  My mom wouldn't let me get one when I was a freshman because my brother was a senior and he was getting one. We could share she said. What? Does anyone still look people up in their yearbooks or am I the only one?  I love it and think it's sooooo hilarious.  Many, many people could probably be blackmailed by some of the embarrassing photos held between those covers, me included.  I looked like a young man in my freshman photo if I remember correctly, so I'm not all that put out by not having that particular year.  But come on!!  What was my mom thinking?  I remembered Deb anyway.  All freshman know who the seniors are, just not the other way around.

It was so nice when she contacted me for photos of her and her family.  After corresponding for several months, we finally pinned down a date. They drove over from Glen Carbon for the day for a family BBQ and we squeezed in some photos beforehand. Since they were driving in, I got to pick the location.  My dad has a beautiful pasture along the Wabash River, so that's where we ended up.  Some of my favorites from the day are below. A lovely, lovely family.

Thanks Deb, Patrick, Meredith and Claire!

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.