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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
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).
You forget how tiny they are. Their little bodies melt into you. As I walked in the door, daddy handed baby to me. “Do you want to hold him?” Oh, the luxury of holding a newborn in my arms. I just love how it feels. I told them I can appreciate so much more the sweetness of this stage when it’s not my baby. I was too sleep deprived and anxious the first time around. I think that’s why it’s become easy for me to comfort newborns…. I have the skills left over from having my own, but the ones I’m soothing now I haven’t used all my energy on. I’m not trying to balance equal attention between kids, plus a photography job, and mommy work on top of it all. So, I have so much patience and time to relish in the moment. I love that. It’s amazing. Hats off to this mama who is gracefully learning how to juggle two babes now. She is a light and a love. She truly appreciates the art of photography, and after receiving her images wrote to me saying:
“Cassie, I am speechless over these pictures! I literally have tears in my eyes. You are such a talent and I’m beyond grateful to have found you. I love them, they mean the world to me.”
The peacefulness in the home really shows for me in these photos. I fell in love with the bright light and the character of their home immediately. All the little detail inside reminded me of the home I grew up in in Massachusetts. Mom and Dad were so calm as new parents–I was in awe of them. I love that smile on mama. So in love already. I shot a combination of film and digital images. So glad to meet this super sweet family. I’m excited to share these with them. xo
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.