Family Picture

Inevitably, after each family vacation we end up with hundreds of pictures of Kristen, and (now) thousands of Samuel, but only a handful of me — if any at all. I love making pictures. It’s exciting when other people like the pictures I make, but more than anything else, photography gives me an opportunity to try and interpret the world as I see it in a moment. The moment is gone in an instant, but the picture remains. I can look back and remember the way I felt when I made it; sometimes I don’t really begin to appreciate the moment until much later, when new insights and an ever-so-slightly more mature perspective allows me to look back at that moment with a richer set of feelings.

The pictures I make help me remember where I’ve come from; they help me make sense of the places I find myself in. But I also like to have some pictures of myself — to maintain a family record, to remind myself that, yes, I am actually married to that beautiful, loving woman that shares the frame with me, and so that my son will know that I did, in fact, go on vacation with him and Kristen. Usually this means stopping a stranger and asking them to press the shutter for me. This is a very hit-and-miss procedure, that often results in many more misses than hits. Sometimes, as on the last day of our summer vacation this year, a stranger just walks up and asks to take a picture of us. I can’t say no. Hopefully, that eagerness to get behind the camera means the would-be photographer is at least comfortable looking through the viewfinder. The kind beach walker who got this one certainly was.


About David Anderson, Jr.

I'm a wandering pilgrim anchored in the Baptist tradition, tossed about by the anabaptist current. I am a minister at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and a recent graduate of Campbell Divinity School. I am the husband of a beautiful woman, and the father of a blond-haired boy. I am a work in progress, struggling to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling. View all posts by David Anderson, Jr.

7 responses to “Family Picture

  • Heather Abee

    This is a really good photo of you guys! Since you enjoy taking pictures so much, maybe you and Kristen should take a couple of days to visit Asheville this fall and take some lovely maternity photos for Sam and me…. just a suggestion 😉 You know you have a free place to stay!

    • David

      We’ll definitely have to plan on it! Maybe the second or third weekend in September? I hope ya’ll are enjoying your new place. I can’t wait to see baby Abee.

      • Heather Abee

        Either one of those weekends should work. I know the second weekend would, the third weekend we had some friends that were going to come, but I believe they’ve switched to the fourth weekend now. haha Just let us know if you decide to come! We’d love to have you all 🙂

  • aunt cindy

    YOU will NEVER know how much I love you ALL……………… are so great and i look at the “precious” young lad you were and the wonderful young man you are and it makes me so proud that you are ours and that they are yours and of course……….that makes them ours too!!!!

    great photo ………… i am putting it in a frame tonite!

    miss you all ………….good luck to “our baby girl” as school starts………i know it will be hard to leave the baby………but remember……….you always get to come home at the end of the day…love you all

  • Jessica

    Hey, you guys look so sweet together!! Kristen, you look amazing, and little Samuel is precious!

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