Note: please excuse the long-winded nature of this post – I tend to be a little wordy!
In the last post I started talking about the Zeigler family, but stopped, as I realized I might as well dedicate a whole post to photos of them. Tim worked with Joey in the beginning of his Earth Fare days and they have stayed close ever since. During that time Tim also got to know Colleen and daughter Skyla, and have always thought the world of them. Since then Colleen and Joey have added two adorable little additions to the family, Lily and Ella. These two little ones have been so much fun to watch grow up (and photograph). I find that I have an overabundance of photos of them because they are just so darn cute.
Joey’s parents host a small, family oriented bluegrass festival every year in Greer, South Carolina. The Albino Skunk Bluegrass Festival is one of our favorite times of year and is the perfect opportunity for us to get together with the Zeiglers and other friends. Through the festivals we have also gotten to know Joey’s brother Sam and his (now) wife Amber. (Put them together and what do you have? Samber!) We were lucky enough to attend their wedding in May of 2010 on the beautiful Skunk Farm. Tim and I have also taken a few trips down to Atlanta to visit the Zeiglers and always have a blast. This whole family is really just a special crew, we just wish we could see them more!
Oh, and one more thing: Skyla isn’t the little kid she was when Tim met her so many years ago and has grown into a beautiful young lady, and an amazing fencer. Traveling to places like Poland, Hungary, Jordan and all over the US to fence, I don’t doubt that we will be seeing her compete in future Olympic games. She has incredible dedication and talent and we’re always so amazed to hear about her accomplishments. And she’s only 15!
Wow, I was right, there really is an overabundance of photos of the Zeiglers….and I hope to add to that collection! Joey and Colleen have since moved from Atlanta, and though it will take a little longer to visit them, we hope we are still able to see them often. One of my favorite photography collections is The Brown Sisters by Nicholas Nixon. Each year for at least 25 years, Nixon would photograph the four sisters together, resulting in beautiful portraits and timeless documents. I have always found this project, though a simple concept, intriguing. Perhaps I’ll start my own project, photographing Skyla, Ella and Lily once a year. (This, however, will be news to Colleen and Joey when/if they read this, so maybe I should make sure it’s okay with them first!)