This summer prior to Hurricane Dorian hitting Ocracoke Island, I met up with one of my favorite clients, the McInvale family during their Ocracoke vacation. To finally see in person the tattoo of an image I had taken, years prior during their vacation. Katie, Patrick and their sons Parker and Brady!
The McInvales have made Ocracoke a family vacation destination. Patrick’s paternal side of the family is from Georgia and they vacationed here as kids. In 2015, Patrick’s dad and his 4 surviving siblings decided to recreate a childhood trip with their children and grandchildren. They hired me to document the 40+ family members.
Patrick said he chose this tattoo from the summer of 2015, his boys were in peak best friends mode and my photo captured the love. Brady being a sweet big brother and Parker listening and following along attentively. The hand hold was purely organic not posed. Prior to the tattoo, that was a resounding family favorite picture and has been printed and hung in multiple houses in Missouri. Brady is now 8 years old, then 4; Parker is 6 and was 2.
Now, they are a little more competitive and everything ends in one “winning” and the other swearing his brother is the worst. Typical boys stuff, so it is really great to have that moment captured. While the lighthouse itself is beautiful, Patrick and the tattoo artist took some creative liberty of adding the sea and moving around the boardwalk, but the overall esthetic and emotion is still captured. He gets stopped pretty frequently by tattoo enthusiasts inquiring about the work and the picture.
Patrick has always had a creative side. He minored in art in college and mostly would paint or draw for creative expression. Katie and Patrick were in college prior to the big digital camera boom, once he bought his first digital camera, he was always snapping pictures. Katie said, “He was always in charge of documenting family moments and such on this little camera, then we met you. You were great with our huge family and everyone had such a good time. Then we got the pictures back and our trip was captured beautifully and accurately – including my favorite of Parker picking his nose – at that time he wouldn’t keep his finger out of it. So when we got home, we invested in a “better” camera. Just a little DSLR. Then Patrick started taking more and more pictures and would do free sessions with friends and family. He realized photography was a great way for his creative expression and does both family, event and landscape photography now in the Kansas City Area for the last 2 years under McInvale Photography!”
Prayers to the folks of Ocracoke as they continue to push through their recovery process and I hope to encourage more families to vacation to this special little island when they re-open so they can come back with a bang and for generations to come to make memories and enjoy such a special place.