My First Snow!


Smokies in the winter

I know this photograph is for Christmas, but I thought I would post this today because of all the cold weather everywhere. This is one of my most favorite and treasured pictures. It was my very first time seeing snow, not only did I see and photograph snow, I got to see enough snow to last me a lifetime! My first snow was 22 inches (up to me knees) when I photographed this picture in the Smoky Mountains near Townsend, Tennessee. It was a moment and day I will never forget. I shot this photograph in November so it was perfect for a Christmas shot. In the picture, you see a house cabin. I was on a photography workshop to the Smoky Mountains with photography friends and my mentors. We were driving in the car when we spotted this cabin. The cabin was actually named “Santa’s Workshop” we didn’t get a chance to go inside, but from what I heard it was a place for you to go in and see what Santa’s workshop looked like. Then a man who looked like Santa Clause walked out of his cabin when we pulled in. We got to meet Santa and he was kind enough to let us photograph his cabin. After we talked to him he disappeared before we could ask to photograph him. As my mentor said to me, “It was a magical day!”

We were in the Smoky Mountains for about 5 days and we were originally there to photograph the colored changing leaves. For the first 3 days it was all orange, brown, yellow, and red leaves everywhere. The forecast had shown a chance snow. I was really excited to hear that because like I had said before I had never seen snow. My mentors and workshop friends were really excited for me for a chance of seeing snow for the first time. Later on, the next day the forecast changed and there was no chance of snow. When we all heard we gathered and prayed for just a little bit of snow so I could just see it. Surely enough, the next morning my grandpa woke me up and told me to look out the window and snow covered everywhere and everything! There was so much snow that there were snow plows plowing the roads! As soon as everyone gathered in the hotel lobby we prayed and thanked God for answering our prayers. God didn’t just give me 1 inch of snow he gave me 22 inches of it!

“He says to the snow, Fall on the earth.” Job 37:6