kristianne koch riddle photography

photography is [friendship]

Think where mans glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.  ~William Butler Yeats

A couple of years ago I had the good fortune to meet Ami and Amy at Serra Preschool. Over the course of the past two years both have been there for me in so many ways I didn’t know I needed someone. The strength, intelligence and sense of humor in both women has inspired me in heart and soul.

I recently said goodbye to Amy and her beautiful family who have moved across the country [so far, thank goodness, I’ve been able to follow her move on Instagram] and am not looking forward to saying goodbye to Ami Marie, her husband and Merrik’s best friend, Gavyn, in a week or so. I know we will keep in touch [we already have tickets purchased to visit Ami Marie and her family in Hawaii].

It’s been the brief and frequent exchanges at Kindergarten drop-off and the conversations about composition and exposure while the kids play together in the distance that have sustained my ongoing discovery of true friendship and has shown me how a friend can contribute to my own personal search for the authentic me.

I am not an easy person to get to know–I don’t warm up to just anyone and I am not an open book. It’s difficult for me to get close to others, but photography–especially portrait work–has started to change that in me. It’s given me more courage than I ever thought possible. It’s been an eye opener to come back to live in the town I grew up in and meet people from other parts of the country who have shown me what sincere friendship is. I recently started to realize that some of my past friendships haven’t been based on a genuine interest in knowing each other as a person. It used to hurt to be used and tossed aside and now I am grateful to be given more time to stay focused on the friendships that matter.

Both Ami and Amy have brought to light qualities that elude me yet I aspire to: someday, somehow?

Amy is an amazing photographer and has tremendous respect for the medium. Her dedication to learning and engaging in the real process of photography rather than claiming to be an expert by merely owning a DSLR makes my heart smile. She is a devoted wife and mother of four beautiful girls at a caliber I can’t begin to imagine.

Ami Marie is a true entrepreneur: a modern day swashbuckler. Every aspect of her life is a project done well and taken to the nth degree. She dedicates her time to the success of others [including her remarkable daughter Gavyn] and does absolutely nothing half-assed.

The brief yet strong origins of these friendships tells me it’s not over yet.

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4 Comments

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    ami marie

    July 6, 2011

    Awwww….damn you Kristianne….I’m crying again!!! I’m going to miss you so much it hurts!!! You are so amazing in so many ways…..I’m going to really miss watching your kids grow up in person on a daily basis….they are so different and so much the same and I am amused and delighted by them all the time as is Gavyn…..you have seen her evolve into GiGi Love and documented that evolution at every turn, I am so thankful to have seen her through your eyes and know so much more about her through the moments you have captured with your camera. I feel as though our story has just begun…..I am excited to see where life takes us all as I know in my heart we are all linked together forever!!!
    Hugs and love to you my friend!!!!

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    Tytia

    July 6, 2011

    What a great post. Very sweet. It’s really painful to have good friends move away, or move away from good friends for that matter. I know how you feel.

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    Amy Farrell

    July 7, 2011

    So needed to read this today….we miss you dear freinds! xo

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