Fair week always brings cooler weather and the first glimpse of fall to Bulloch County annually. It is also one of Lori Grice’s favorite weeks of the year. “Life is about creating memories and few things in Bulloch County bring family and friends together for special memories than the fair”, said Lori.
“Going to the fair with my grandparents, Harold and Edith Hutchison, was an annual tradition and includes one of my most cherished memories. I still wear a hand carved dog necklace that Granddaddy Hutchison purchased for me when I was seven at the fair. Even though he is no longer here to enjoy the fair with me, this special memory lives on.”
Another tradition Lori began nearly three decades ago is her annual fair booth, which allows her to share beautiful portraits her clients have commissioned her to create throughout the year. One of the families Lori selected to feature this year is the Hugh and Jeanne Anne Marsh family.
“The only gift I have ever asked my family for is a family portrait. There is nothing I treasure more than my family and I want everyone who enters my home to know where my heart is,” said Jeanne Anne. “For Christmas, they surprised me with a gift certificate for Lori Grice to create the portrait I have dreamed of for so long. I began meeting with Lori to start the process. She is so creative and helped make every step of the process easy.”
Lori works with each client to design portraits that match the décor of their home and tell the wonderful story every family has to share. This commission was no different.
“I have known and admired this wonderful family for years. This family has made so many contributions to our community for generations. It is in important legacy and story that needs to be shared”, said Lori. “They selected Salt Crest Cottage for the setting of the portrait. It was the location where the Marsh’s son Keith married his wife Ryan. With the location in mind, we worked with them on finding the perfect clothing and choosing a date where they all could come together.”
The Marsh family has owned property on Colonels Island for years so that added to the sentimentality of the portrait. Once the portrait session was complete, Lori reviewed the body of work with Jeanne Marsh and suggested a grouping of portraits to capture each family individually, the grandchildren and the family as a group. Lori selected the perfect frame molding to match the portraits and their home. Once finished, Lori and her team will deliver and hang the portraits.
“I cried when I saw how beautiful they are and I cried again when Lori asked me to include them in her fair booth”, said Jeanne Anne. “They are perfect. Even better than I ever imagined they could be.”
If you are looking for the perfect gift for your wife, mom or grandmother, there is no gift they will cherish more than a Lori Grice Portrait. Gift certificates are available for Christmas, Baby Shower and Birthday gifts. Lori also has a limited number of portrait sessions available before Christmas, including Thanksgiving week which is a perfect time to commission Lori to create a portrait while everyone is “Home for the Holidays”.
Take a second and visit Lori’s booth as you enter the Kiwanis Fair this year. Like Lori Grice Photography Facebook page @Lori.Grice.Photo, take a selfie and post it as a comment on her Kiwanis Fair Booth post on her Facebook page and you could win a free session and a 16×20 portrait that will be featured at next year’s fair.
Lori Grice is Statesboro’s only Certified, Master Photographer. She operates a full service, licensed and insured studio located at 34 East Main Street in downtown Statesboro. View her website at www.LoriGrice.com or contact her at 912-764-7274 or info@LoriGrice.com.