Have you ever seen the movie Serendipity?
Well, if not, it is about a man and a woman who fall in love in a chance meeting. After they spend the day together, they leave finding each other again to fate. My relationship with the Buccola Family is kind of like Serendipity…Melanie Linnebach-Buccola and I were first introduced by a form letter from Oregon State University letting each of us know who our freshman dorm roommate would be. Melanie, from Baker City, had the luck of getting the one girl at Oregon State from High Point, North Carolina. We met, lived together in the dorms freshman year and were friendly throughout our time in College. Once we both finished school, we lost touch with each other and 10 years went by…until one day in the downtown Bend, Oregon post office. I look towards the front of the line and standing there is my freshman roommate and her two adorable children. What a joy it has been since that moment to rekindle a very special bond. I realize now, during the time at Oregon State I did not appreciate the relationship as much as I should have. If the 18 year old back then knew the things I know now, I would have never let the friendship go so easily.
Ryan and Melanie are two of the kindest, most honest, and real people I have come across in my life and to top it off, they are a blast to be around. You can only imagine with parents like that how cool thier kids are…So needless to say, it was more than a pleasure when Melanie asked me to take their first family photos ever. It was more than a pleasure in my book, it was an honor! So thank you Buccola Family, for a fun and exciting day on the Deschutes River.