It was a warm September evening when the Gray family drove up to Redemption Square Farm in Gautier, Mississippi. I greeted them at the gate and shook everyone’s hands as they got out of their vehicles. It was two brothers, their wives, and their mother.
Everyone was smiling and excited to see the goats and sheep in the front pasture. The pigs ran up to the fence line to oink in greeting hoping for snacks. Chickens ran out into the back pasture to see who the newcomers were, and the ducks quacked from a distance.
We small talked about the farm and found people we knew in common. Cathy had went to school with my husband’s aunt. Small world.
I gave everyone a crash course on posing and led them to a shaded area to begin our session. They laughed and had a blast the entire time. If every session was this fun, everyone would want to be a photographer. The love they all shared between each other was a blessing to capture. I hope they always warmly remember the time we shared together.
May the Lord bless you with many more years together to celebrate the love you have together. May you celebrate the good times and forget the ones that weren’t. May the life you live be a testimony of the beauty and value of family to your children and grandchildren that come after you.
Anna Cirlot is a candid portrait photographer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her favorite place to do portrait sessions is on Redemption Square Farm, her family owned and operated farm in Gautier, Mississippi. She loves capturing the beauty in life and loves to tell stories through her work. When she isn’t taking photos, she can be found crowded around by goats and chickens in the pasture sipping a fresh brewed cup of coffee watching her children play outdoors.