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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’ve been dying to get this family in front of my camera since their third baby was born! Oh, baby Reece is such a sweetheart, and a beautiful addition to their family. I’m so glad she’s here now and she let us doll her up with a special flower crown made by the talented, Brendy Frampton. We had lots of laughs together over the course of the session, because as usual, nothing is ever perfect, and sometimes the kids are done before we start. I totally get that. Such troopers, those handsome boys. And I know they won’t regret it, or hold mom accountable once they see how absolutely adorable they were! I can barely stand it. This family could be in a magazine. Their shoot was so light and airy, just like summer feels right now. I loved it! Thank you Moseley’s for asking me to photograph you! xo
*(the first set of images are film).
He came over to visit us again and we got lost in his eyes as he smiled and cooed. To watch him grow and change is pretty miraculous. The joy that overcomes your insides when a baby smiles back at you… It feels like the ultimate connection. There is nothing but love and trust in their eyes. No matter how old we get, I believe we still have that little piece of pureness inside of us. My life goal is to connect to that place inside of me as much as I possibly can before I possibly can’t anymore. Thomas Merton speaks this sentiment so beautifully. Can you imagine?
“Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed. . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.”
Look for the secret beauty. First in you. Then it will be easier to see it in others. Strange how hard the practice is to let go of all that shame and self-criticism, all the lies we tell ourselves, or have been told. Maybe they aren’t true and you have a secret beauty that you locked up and forgot about too.
This year I challenged myself to only pack my film camera on vacation. I tried to capture the essence of it all, even time in the hotel room, and the truth of what that’s like. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did this, and how happy I am with the results. Stepping out of my comfort zone is so good for me sometimes and truly hard for me to do. It goes like this: set camera, focus, click, and trust. No checking and re-taking for perfectionists like me. A special thanks to THE FINDLAB for doing such a great job processing and scanning. All images are literally untouched by me in photoshop. Wow! That cuts editing time down a few hours!! Thanks for peeking. I love sharing little bits of our adventures and my practice with you. xo