Lucy in the Sky (and on the ground) / by Annemie Tonken

When Matt, Oliver, and I moved to Chapel Hill almost four years ago (!!!), we really didn't know anyone at all. Everyone assured us that we would quickly be inundated with friends for the simple fact that we had a child. The trouble was that our "child" was really still just a baby, and wasn't exactly on a soccer team or going to school or doing anything else that encouraged the formation of parent friends. Add to that the fact that Matt was working from home, and after a couple of months, we were absolutely itching to get out and make some pals. Rewind to one evening in Brooklyn a week or two before we moved: my friend Carolyn - knowing well that I needed to get out of our tiny apartment packed full of boxes - called me to invite me for drinks with some friends. That night, I ended up chatting with an acquaintance named Anita who, upon hearing that we were moving to CH, mentioned that her sister-in-law Laura lived in the area and happened to have a daughter almost exactly Oliver's age. (Did anyone follow that?) The next day she made email introductions. A lovely gesture, I thought, as I filed her email deep in the "yeah, right" file.

Good thing gmail is so easily searchable! I emailed Laura in early March and invited her for coffee, and the rest, my friends, is history. Soon after, we got together with husbands in tow, and a lasting friendship was born.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week, I am so thankful for Chris, Laura, & Lucy: their friendship, their (on-going) support of my photography, and their photogenicity! (Whatever: if it's not a word, it should be!)

Raleigh Family Photographer

Raleigh Family Photographer

Raleigh Family Photographer

Raleigh Family Photographer

Raleigh Family Photographer

Raleigh Family Photographer

Raleigh Family Photographer

Raleigh Family Photographer

Chris & Laura, thank you again for inviting me to document your gorgeous family... it is always such a pleasure!

Raleigh Family Photographer

xox,

annemie