Roots, Trees & Apples


I'm not much for cliches, but there's one that describes my family perfectly: "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Growing up, there have been many similarities between myself and Mom, and she noticed the same with her mom. For Mother's Day, I wanted to honor each of them, their personalities, and who they are.

Mom is a mountain lady. At 48, she hiked all 48 4,000 footers in N.H., proving her tenacity and strong willed mindset. If she sets a goal, she finishes it. She's the tree I haven't fallen far from.

{The mountains are Mom, reflecting her rugged determination.}

Nanny lives by the ocean. In high school, I was asked to write an essay on one of the most influential people in my life. I chose her, writing that she has been my lighthouse, guiding me along the way. Nanny is the roots of Mom's tree, my apple.

{The ocean is Nanny, reflecting her peaceful gentleness, but also her ability to be strong and fierce when the storm blows in.}

The above photographs are the most heart felt and moving photos that I have ever taken. I enjoyed hiking with Mom to Bald Mountain in Franconia Notch, and walking through the sand with Nanny at Salisbury Beach. It was amazing for me to capture how different these two women are through the backgrounds, and to realize just how similar they are on the inside. I'm so fortunate to have them in my life, and look forward to discovering just how close my apple fallen.