Steve | {My Brother}

My brother is a superhero to me.

He was the kid growing up that always did better than me at every instrument we both played, or who could throw a dirt clod harder than anyone else I knew, or the one who shot me in the butt with his sawed off Beebe gun.

He was the one who enticed our cat to attack me, and relentlessly made fun of me at any given moment. He has let me down and pissed me off, made me cry, and made me hurt. But, he is also the man who knows me best.

He has seen me in all my different stages in life, and has stood by me in them. He is the who can make me laugh so hard that I can’t breathe. He is the man who loves his wife and kids with all his heart, and who works hard to provide for them emotionally, spiritually, and financially. He is the one who calls me just because he had a feeling that I might need to talk.

He is the man that I trust will say, “Chelle, you are being an idiot…want to go get a coffee?” My brother prays for me. My brother is an incredible man, who screws up constantly, but who learns from those mistakes and becomes a better person for it.

My brother is quick to hug, and even quicker to show grace. He can be annoying and sometimes people don’t get him…but he will give you the shirt off his back or the guitar off his wall if he thinks it will help you in your life.

My brother is stubborn and hard headed, and he can be the life of the party. He is talented and industrial, and he has a heart after God. He is a man that I admire…
Just don’t tell him…it will go to his head!

This incredible man is turning 40 today! Yes! He is an old man, and I just want to send out a huge, Happy Birthday, Bro! While, in public, I tell people that he was adopted…I am secretly honored to call him-my Brother!

Happy Birthday, Jek! I love you!

Oh, and did I mention, he is a dork! Thanks, Steve, for humoring your little sister with this photo shoot…It was a hoot!

To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. ~Clara Ortega


steve - Thanks Chelle, for everything. Love you, Jek

Teddi - I wish I could take pictures like you…of each of my brothers! You have captured every aspect of your relationship in words and in visual moments. I love the railroad track photos and the one of him kicking up his heels…absolutely priceless! Thanks for sharing! HUGS!

Stephenie - I love your brother, and I LOVED this shoot!! The last one cracked me up!! Happy birthday Steve!

Jen Frederick - I love the pictures of your bro. Especially the last one. Thanks for being so open and honest about your bro!!

Rachel Whitelaw - Chelle, I love your photography, but this shoot touched me in particular. We lost my brother to a boating accident when I was 19, and I will always miss that special bond in my life. Thank you for sharing this, and keep up the amazing work! xo

chelle - Rachel, What a rough age to lose someone you love so much. I am sorry for your loss.

Terri - What a wonderful way to show your love and admiration for your brother, Chelle. He sounds like an incredible man and brother…and it’s obvious how much you love him…and he loves you. Brothers are so special…and I’m going to make sure I give my brother an exta big hug this weekend (he lives in OR also) when we go to visit him…and remind him know just how much I appreciate him! Oh…and AWESOME photos…you ROCK, Chelle!

Those pics are so him Chelle, you did an awesome job capturing him…on every level! Do you have any with Amy & the kids? :0)
I love love love the one at the end.

Tara - P.S. The screaming rocker one is very Stryper-ish…..that brings back some memories huh?! Love you both to pieces!

Kate Hunter - really wonderful photos Chelle and I love what you write…you have a great knack for telling it like it is! You have a great talent for photography and writing!

Jen Amato - Chelle, these are wonderful! I love the mood and lighting! So glad I found you again so we can keep in touch with each others photography! 🙂

Audra - Hmmmm, which guitar from his wall do I want?…I’m sure it will help me in life! 🙂

It’s hard to pick a favorite in this bunch but what does come to mind is I bet you’re better with a camera then him! Gotta love brothers, you captured his personality very well! There’s just one thing missing, it’s white and cold when sat on…hmmmm.

Love them as usual!!!

Staci Sprauer - Hey Jorge. Happy 40th Birthday. You are the man. One of my favorites. Thanks for keeping me smiling even without anything ever being said. I don’t know what it is about you man, but you make my heart giggle.

Kimberly - Great shots! Great guy! Great photographer! Great bond!

Sherri Erickson - This was so fun to see. The 2 of you must’ve had such a great time with this photo shoot! I can hardly believe he’s turning 40 ~ wow ~ and I’ll be 45 this year! Weird! I love your blog, keep it up!

Angela Hubbard - so sweet Chelle! x

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