By Tyree, Axel & Chad ~ 2012
Coeur d’ Alene, ID
When you have an interesting wooden chair in a photograph, it enhances the beauty of the portrait.
I spied a cute children’s rocking chair at a Hayden Lake moving sale in 2002. The woman wanted more money than I had in my pocket, so we struck up a deal where I would get the chair in exchange for making her a beautifully retouched and finished portrait.
I gave her my business card, but she never called me back. I failed to get her phone number, so I always had this nagging debt in my heart needing to be paid.
Ten years went by, and as a last resort, I returned to the woman’s former home. To my surprise, the new owner was able to locate the woman’s phone number and I called her.
She was astonished that I had tracked her down so I could complete our former transaction. She no longer wanted a portrait of herself, but she had a friend with a young child she dearly loved. She wondered if I would create a portrait of them instead.
I called Tyree and set up a session and we created this tender mother-son portrait.