When you’ve been friends with someone for 23 years, that’s cause for a celebration. Samantha Clark and Christina Arthur did just that when they enlisted Breana Welch of Easy Breezy Photography to do a photoshoot of them enjoying some fried chicken and beer as only BFFs can.
They’ve known each other since they were kids. In a Facebook post shared on Love What Matters, the women shared that they’d grown up together and have always had each other’s backs. “From riding our bikes through the neighborhood to staying up all night during our many sleepovers in our homemade tents, and all the way down to us learning to drive and both having babies, we’ve been with each other through it all!” they wrote. “Every birthday party, every summer, every family Christmas party with bad karaoke or just me crying because I was too embarrassed to sing Frosty the Snowman. We’ve seen each other at our highest and we’ve seen each other at our lowest. Through thick and thin, we have been able to count on each other. Even if we went weeks without talking or seeing each other, we always picked up right where we left off. It is truly a beautiful thing and a blessing to be able to call each other friends. Besties. Ride or die. Partners in crime. Soul sisters!”
Welch loves celebrating friendships. While she does do more traditional photoshoots of families and married couples, Welch told Inside Edition that she really loves the idea of commemorating special friendships too. “You can tell the two were literally made for each other,” she said. “You can tell in their chemistry they’re going to be best friends forever.”
She never expected the shoots to blow up. While Welch believes in what she does and loves sharing her work online, she never expected this photoshoot to go viral. “The first BFF shoot I did blew up and made it all the way to Scotland. I thought that was crazy,” she told Bolde via email. “When the BFF shoot of 23 years almost hit 60k shares and places like Inside Edition, People, and Good Morning America, I was so shocked—so shocked that I didn’t know what to say!”
It’s been a life-changing experience for Welch too. “Becuase of this whole experience, everyone has told me that it would probably make my head big. Instead, it actually hasn’t and it has made me so humble. I never expected a small-town photographer like me who just does shoots here and there to make it worldwide,” she explained. “Just a couple of years ago, a troll account attempted to ruin my business online. Over 120k people harassed me, made threats, and left false reviews which made my rating fall from a 4.9 to a 1.9 in a matter of five minutes. I refused to back down and take my page down. and now look at me! I almost have 12k likes, my photos have been viewed over 10 million times and are being shared all over the world in such a POSITIVE way! That is all I strive for, to see people reacting and sharing in such a positive way.”
This shoot isn’t her only ode to BFFs. She recently photographed two dog BFFs, Jig and Elvis, who are the cutest dogs EVER. There are all kinds of BFFs in the world, and I hope Easy Breezy keeps doing photoshoots with all of them and sharing them with the world!
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