Photo by Kay Kauffman

When I was twenty-two, my marriage was falling apart.  My life was a shambles.  But even as my marriage was ending, my brother-in-law’s was just beginning.  As my twenty-second Christmas approached, he and his fiancée asked that I take their engagement pictures, which I was happy to do.  I love photography and at that point in my life, I hoped to be able to earn a little extra money from doing something that I loved.  It didn’t work out, but maybe that’s for the best.

Photo by Kay Kauffman

The pictures turned out well, though, if I do say so myself, and so has their marriage.  Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith celebrated five years of wedded bliss this past July and I hope they will have many more years of happiness together.  I’m not sure I know two nicer people.  I was so happy for them when they finally got engaged that I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Photo by Kay Kauffman

I did a couple of other photo shoots that year as well.  My other brother-in-law graduated from high school that year, as did one of my coworkers’ sons, and I took some senior pictures for both young men.  It was exciting to be doing something I was passionate about, but I ultimately decided that perhaps a career in photography was not for me.  I have no problem telling my kids what to do, but when it comes to telling a paying customer how to sit or stand or hold their head, I’m much more hesitant.

Give me a pencil and paper (and lead and eraser refills) and I am a happy camper.

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5 thoughts on “Twenty-two

    • Kay Kauffman says:

      Thank you! I’ve done some studying when it comes to photography, but not as much as I would like. One of my only regrets about high school (and there aren’t many) is that I didn’t take photography because I love it. I should have taken it in college, but I figured I could fit it in around my major courses my junior or senior year and I wanted to get all my gen eds out of the way first. Maybe when I go back, I can minor in it or something.

      I haven’t done much with it lately as a hobby, but I used to take pictures constantly. Even if they’re just quick snapshots of my kids, I love having pictures to capture those moments.


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