If you don’t know me personally but have explored my website a little, you have probably figured out by now that I am also a high school English teacher. What you probably DON’T know is that I also have a Master of Science in Library Media Education. What does that mean? Essentially, that means that I am qualified to be a school librarian, should the opportunity to do so ever arise. What else does that mean? Books and reading are a huge part of my life. As a result, books and reading are also a huge part of my husband and children’s lives.
I was taking a look at some of Jean Smith’s amazing work one day and came across a family session she had shot in a library. Light bulb (said in the style of Gru from Despicable Me)! Why ON EARTH had I not thought of that? How was it even possible that I had never thought to do family photos inside the local library? I decided to give it a shot with my own family and contacted the Russell County Public Library’s director, Lindsey Westerfield, to find out if it would be possible to invade the library with my wild bunch and take some photos.
Lindsey and the folks of the Russell County Public Library were amazing, and the people of my community are so incredibly blessed to have such a valuable resource available to us. In the time since Lindsey has taken the helm at the library, she has made incredible changes that have resulted in awesome opportunities for both children and adults in Russell County. We took these photos a couple of months ago, and since then, we have taken advantage of some of those opportunities, like the Nature Club. Gavin and I attended one of their recent meetings about frogs, and he had tons of fun. I can’t wait to become frequent attendees at story hour this summer, and the Lego Club is also on the agenda soon. The library itself looks amazing as well, and we all adored the children’s section especially (Gavin’s favorite was the puppet theater).
I would love to go back to the library soon to try a photo session there again, now that I have more knowledge of lighting and off-camera flash. I am in love with some of these photos, and I hope you enjoy them as well. Special thanks to my friend, Davene DeVore, for meeting us at the library so she could snap a few of the photos for me so that I could be in them for a change!