saying goodbye is never easy | minnesota event photographer

I was attending a leader meeting for our Wednesday morning bible study a few weeks ago when a dear friend asked us to pray for her mom’s transition into retirement. Upon hearing the news, I realized my friend’s mom owned the very salon my husband and boys had been going to for haircuts over the¬†years. It’s location is nowhere near our home so I was rather suprised to hear about the connection. As you know, I do not subscribe to the idea of “coincidence”; when things like that happen, they catch my attention because I know God is at work – the first thing I do, is pray.

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Just a day or two later, I received an email from my friend. Her mom had mentioned wanting to hang onto every moment of her last day at the salon and my friend was hoping I would be available to capture it – as a surprise, of course. ūüôā

When I first arrived, I tried my best to sit unnoticed in the waiting area until my friend made it there to unveil the “surprise” with her sisters. Unfortunately, my husband’s stylist recognized me and couldn’t help but wonder why in the world I was there – it sparked a bit of hushed conversation as I let them in on¬†the secret.

It was a huge privilege being part of such a special day.

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It was clear this was much more than a career for Barb. Not only has she created a legacy for her daughters and grandchildren, she has touched the lives of a countless number of women. First and foremost, the lovely ladies who worked with and for her.

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Life was shared within these walls.  Many memories and friends were made.

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So much history.

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Here are several more favorites from the day:

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Things that grabbed me:

      • one of Barb’s grandsons, hugging her as he said goodbye… “I am SOOOOO happy you’re done working, SOOOOO happy!”
      • the¬†ladies writing notes on their workstations, marking their spot in time
      • one employee¬†stopping by with her husband and newborn son right after being released from the hospital
      • hearing the stories – how it began, how long some of them have been together, routines and rituals
      • the hugs and tears… ripped my heart out every time!
      • Barb’s smile
      • Barb’s daughters – watching them watch their mom, the tears, the laughter

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May your days be richly blessed in retirement, Barb!
Barb - June 9, 2012 - 9:37 am

OMG TINA!!! I am still in tears.
Thank you thank you thank you. You did an amazing job of capturing this moment for me. How can I ever thank you.

Tina - June 9, 2012 - 5:13 pm

You just did!! I *love* hearing how the images touched you… totally makes my day. ūüôā

Kati - June 9, 2012 - 8:37 pm

WOW Tina- God gave you an amazing talent!!!! Thank you for capturing the true RAW emotions!!!!

Timi - June 9, 2012 - 9:49 pm

Tina,
I am so glad that you were able to record Barbs special day! It was very difficult not being able to be there for the entire event but, as you know I was experiencing my own life changing event! However; with these photographs I am able to “be there” where the action is.
Thank you,
Timi

Tina - June 9, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Thank you, Kati!!

Tina - June 9, 2012 - 11:23 pm

I loved how you guys made a special appearance with your son, Timi, it was so sweet watching everyone meet him for the first time. I’m so glad these images round out your memories of the day as well!

Sue Stark - June 9, 2012 - 11:29 pm

As Barbs younger sister, i also grew up in her salon. I have many, wonderful memories there. So happy for you sis.

Bonnie Featherstone - June 14, 2012 - 9:52 am

I really miss having that little haven of friendliness in my neighborhood. The pictures made me cry.

Lori Hawthorne - June 26, 2012 - 10:43 pm

Awww that was soo sweet!

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