There was a quiet pause in our session. He was working to somehow unwrap a snack, and as I was sitting close by, talking with mom. I noticed the length of his eyelashes and an instant, that feeling of of a need to capture this made me lift my camera, focus and click. I think sometimes mom’s and dad’s worry when we take breaks in a session. I could think of lots of legitimate reasons why. Maybe one being because we are using up the valuable time you are paying for to capture everything. I get that. But I also have a great trust in the process, and I want you to too. I’ve been doing this for long enough to know that those moments when I am watching, not clicking, are when I am seeing. Noticing the details and reveling in them. The thought to heart experience is fast for me; and luckily, because kids are on the move!
So much of how I photograph you is about how I know you, so those quiet moments are never wasted moments. They are inspiration for me, and connection for us to get more intimate portraits of the most important details of your favorite people.
I know sometimes when you bring a new baby home to your other kids it can sometimes feel chaotic, trying to split attention, making sure everyone feels loved and seen. It can be a lot of pressure. I remember it well. Personally, I know, being the 2nd born of three, it can be tough for a kid too. We still have the proof (letters I wrote to my mom) of how she ruined my life. Of course, now my little sister is one of my favorite people in the world.
The funny thing is that, for me, it’s such a peaceful and relaxed experience to walk into a newborn session. I love witnessing the moments of interactions of new siblings, I love how they ask for attention, and I love to give it to them and make them feel special. I kind of get to be a fly on the wall into a really intimate experience of moments. I think that’s why I get so attached to my clients: because I’m sharing and capturing these moments with you and they are SO important. I’m witnessing the strength of your love for each other and the joy that comes from being together. I’m witnessing what brings my life energy and light: Love.
*This session was shot exclusively on film.*
I love this family. I’m so grateful I get to see them every year. This particular mom and I connect on the level of what’s most important in life. To us, it’s not things, or what we have, it’s the love in our life and the quality of that. Our kids have similar personalities, so we can support each other through the tough stuff, and marvel in the magic of the positives of their little beings. I’m always in awe of her presence as a mom. She is so attuned and accepting as things are. Can you ask for anything better in a mother? I can’t think of anything more solid as a foundation for a growing person.
He is finally here! Finnegan was born on April 13th. Welcome to this world, sweet boy. We already love you so.
You guys know Brendy as one of the creatives I love to work with. Incorporating her into our sessions adds so much detailed beauty through her warm inspired touch. By now she has turned into a really good friend as well. As this munchkin was growing in her we would get together and talk about being mothers, about being wives, about life and what our experiences have taught us, or what we hope they will. These kinds of relationships are invaluable to me. It’s so important to me to be able to relate to others on the great, amazing love in our life, and the challenge that drags us down some days in boredom, or comparison, or a fussy kid, or an irritated mind; whether it’s the day, or a phase, or something that persists, it helps to know we’re not alone in it. The day I sent her these final images was the 1st day she was alone with both of her boys. I remember feeling so accomplished on that day for me. I even vacuumed! I was in slight shock that I actually survived the day, but it built my confidence up. I recently read somewhere, “Mothering begins and never ends”. That’s 24 hours a day, non-stop until they get big kind of a job. With mother’s day coming up, I’ve been reflecting on the true gift motherhood has been for me and how I can’t (and even before I had kids, could never) have imagined myself without them. I also never could have imagined how beautiful and unique they would be and how the bits and pieces of Brad and I and our parents and siblings would come together to create a completely new and unique human.
I mean, wow.
Just so lucky, and sometimes too bogged down to feel it. But that’s ok. That’s motherhood. It’s perfect and messy and irritating and exhilarating.
One of my mama friends in my life posted this article to fb recently and I wanted to share it with all the mamas that may check in on this blog from time to time. I loved the relief I felt when I read it and my sister and I agreed, we’ll refer back to it on the days that are harder. To remind us to go easy and be in the moment.
“And I’ve known others and I’ve loved others too, but I loved them cause they were stepping stones on a staircase to you” — “Offering,” A Carolina Jubilee -Avett Brothers
It was a perfect day. The most beautiful part was the genuine gratitude and happiness exuded by the Bride and Groom for all who were there, participating, making the day complete. I’ve never seen a bride and groom so full of love and grace. So glad I got to be a part of that.
Florist: Plan Decor
Hair: Avenue Styles Salon
Makeup: Melissa Oliveria
Caterer: Thomas John Events
Lighting: Enhanced Lighting
These two. I am so excited for them. So soon! August 13th we’ll document a really important day in their lives. They are so good together, so natural, so real, so easy going. We had a blast together up at the Bay-lands in Redwood City. So glad they asked me to be thier photographer. Don’t forget to peek back this fall to see their wedding day! As we were walking around Eleanor said two things that I loved: one was, “you’re such a mom.” (haha! so true), and the second, “Cassie, I love your vision”. Best.Compliment.Ever. Thank you, lady. See you guys soon! xo
This mama and I are connected at the heart level. We could spend hours on the phone pouring our hearts out. We have. Many times. It’s always such an honor to photograph her growing family knowing that she herself was a 100% film photographer before she has her gorgeous children. The fact that she would chose me blows me away and feels like a HUGE compliment. We shot a mixture of film and digital and captured some the pure preciousness of her kids really well. I loved our session so much. x