“A Family Affair”
Last spring, a new friend I made through my son’s baseball team and I met for breakfast. We both have small businesses and we were brainstorming about new opportunities. Being fairly new to the area, I was looking for newer ways to grow my photography business…..out of the ordinary way, that is. She mentioned a friend of hers who was looking for a photographer to come to her seaside inn and take candid photos of the guests enjoying a low country boil…..every Wednesday……ummmmm whaaaaaat?? Me me me me meeeeeee!!! Sounded perfect!!
I called the owner the next day and set up a meeting with her. She invited me to come to the inn to see it, and I went. I had driven by many times intrigued by what it looked like, as it was shielded by myrtle trees, flowers and adorable hand painted signs directing newcomers. When I walked in, I immediately felt like I had been there before. A step back in time, as was described by so many. It was so welcoming, like two arms wrapping around your shoulders. Out of the kitchen Sassy Henry emerged, her hand outstretched to mine. She showed me around, beaming with pride as she talked about the Sea View Inn, an evident labor of love. She and her husband Brian bought the Inn in 2002, and carried with it the tradition of coming to the beach to “unwind”. They really didn’t change a thing….as requested by past guests. And since 1937, hundreds have been coming here for years and years, every year, to do just that. Everything about the inn says it. Unwind, unplug, just be. Could you imagine doing that for a few days? A week? On the ocean? In a rocking chair with a book? Doesn’t it sound amazing? Yes, it does. And yes, it is.
Every Wednesday, I began my photographic journey with Brian, Sassy, their two amazing daughters, and family who have kept the Inn running since 2002. I looked forward to watching and photographing people enjoying themselves and their families, with no stresses of everyday life, no phones ringing, not even the background noise of a television. The only sounds were laughter, waves crashing, stories being told, children playing and the whoosh of the boiler down on the deck full of shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage. And every week, I heard many of the people who stayed say this was their thirteenth year. This was their eighteenth year. This was where their parents brought them when they were kids. Their grandparents brought them here when they were little. Their sisters had a girls week here. And, the Henry’s have hosted their friends here every year and every year they bring more friends, all of their children, and make memories of a lifetime at this seaside retreat. Brian and Sassy gave some of the kids their first summer jobs. For thirteen weeks, I looked forward to every Wednesday night here. And the Sea View Inn, and everyone in it, all summer, are now new friends that I’ve known forever it seems.
Lucky, lucky me. Thank you, Brian, Sassy and all at the Sea View Inn!!