I don't know how we managed to reconnect but Heather Scobell used to babysit my three young children when we lived across the street from each other in Emma, a rural area near Aspen . Now, as my children have grown up (our oldest is already at Middlebury in Vermont), her children are roughly the same age that mine were when she was babysitting for us. Time has flown by, just as we were warned that it would, and I welcomed the opportunity to capture this precious time for Heather, her husband, Pete, and their children in a family photo session.
Before our scheduled time for family portraits, Pete called me needing some photos related to some music he was producing. One of the perks of my job are the friendships I make through my work as many of my clients have fascinating stories. Truthfully, as I drove down to the location with my camera, I had no idea who he was. We met at a beautiful ranch in Emma and I was surprised to find a very good looking guy at the back of his pickup with some rifles laid out in the bed of the truck (the guns were part of the props for the photo shoot).
Pete has an intense gaze and a strong presence and we got some powerful and compelling photos. It was only later that I learned that Pete is not only a celebrated member of the elite Navy SEALs but also a talented songwriter and musician. He is one of NRA Country's featured artists and recently recorded "Hearts I Leave Behind" also featuring Wynona Judd which has reached the top of the country music charts. The song honors former Navy Seal teammate Chris Kyle, the subject of "American Sniper".
Pete was also just named NRA Country's featured artist of the month. I am moved by his history, experience and talent but when I recently spent time with him and Heather and the three children what I really saw was not a celebrity but a devoted father and husband. I am glad to be able to give you a peek in to a candid and honest depiction of a beautiful and close-knit family appreciating the raw and natural landscape outside of their home in rural Colorado.