Long-time Friends {Garden Ridge Family Photographer}

After spending 20+ years in the Air Force, moving around every 3 yrs ending up no where near our hometowns, it’s rare that you end up living near long-time friends but somehow certain things in life just end up coming around full circle.  Gayla and I grew up in the same area of Oklahoma but went to different high schools, are a few years apart in age and didn’t know each other until our future husbands introduced us to each other.  She began dating Bob who was in the midst of Pilot Training at Vance AFB in Enid, OK with my future husband, Steve.  Bob & Gayla met first then Steve and I met a short while later.  I think we hung out a few times together as couples at parties and such before the guys graduated from Pilot Training however they took a much quicker course to marital bliss than Steve and I.  We attended their Enid wedding before they both headed off to Florida where Bob flew F-15s while Steve stayed put at Vance to become an Instructor Pilot in the T-38s which enabled us to take things a bit slower since he was going to be living in my hometown for a few more years.  Over the guys’ military careers we weren’t stationed together again till both eventually ended up here in San Antonio at Randolph AFB which is where we all decided to plant roots and stay put for a while.  It’s been SO nice having them here because Gayla is a rock star hair stylist and has been my exclusive hair dresser for years and years now, I can’t imagine going to anyone else!  A while back Gayla asked if I’d take family portraits for them since she was wanting a canvas to hang in their new lovely home so we met in Gruene on a lovely morning to take pictures.  I was shocked when we arrived to find the little town still half-asleep and mostly empty so we took full advantage of that until it quickly filled up with tourists and hungry folks heading to the Gristmill for lunch.  Here are some of the results…….aren’t they a beautiful family!!

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