When we moved to Panama City Beach in 2007 we knew absolutely no one in the panhandle. But God has a funny way of putting the right people in your life, and we were blessed to have the Baxley family as neighbors. Chelle is a couple of years older than our daughter Rhiannon, and she has one of the biggest hearts I've ever encountered. From the beginning she was kind to our lost little nine year old who could not figure out why we had uprooted her from her beloved Texas. Her brother Harrison became a playmate, and the adventures along Sun Lane began. Chelle's mom Susie encouraged us to get Rhiannon into cheer with Terri McGruder, and in her father Mitch I found a friend who I could talk Seminole football with, and eventually, over the years, pretty much anything else on my mind. We couldn't have been luckier in the neighbor lottery.
So, Chelle graduates this year and for a long time I've shied away from taking portrait style pictures, preferring the action of a sports field or a sideline. But, Chelle is different. She is so full of life, happiness and love that I couldn't resist having a go at taking her senior portraits. She didn't disappointment me, I've never had more fun behind the camera than I did Thursday afternoon when we raced around Rosemary and Inlet Beach. I can't wait to see what this amazing woman does with her life. My guess is she'll follow in her mom's footsteps and dedicate her life to children in some way.
Chelle Belle, you've been a blessing in our lives and we wish you every happiness for the future.