2017 has already been so challenging on every personal level for me. I mean, really, my second son was born on New Year's Day!
I feel like this is going to be a huge year for me as a mother. I talk a lot about being a photographer, as I subscribe so much of who I am to that role, but I feel like this year, I'm mostly going to be a student. And it's mostly about my role as a mom.
After a couple years of building my portfolio, I began working families out of my repertoire. There were things I enjoyed about photographing families, but in all honesty, they mostly just stressed me out. I mean, REALLY stressed me out. Because kids are unpredictable and often, so difficult to keep happy.
But then, Theo was born, and I started looking at the photos I would take of him, whether they were of him happy or sad, I felt so much joy in all of them!
There was one particular photo I took of him just after his first birthday, standing in a patch of grass, surrounded by cherry blossom pedals. It was such a serene little spot. But he hated the feeling of standing on uneven ground, and he stood there, frozen, making the best crying face I've ever seen. And as awful as it was of me to leave him standing there so I could take his photo, I'm so glad I HAVE THAT PHOTO. Because I never want to forget that face. His crying face--the one he made when he wasn't in any sort of pain or immediate danger--has always been so funny to me! I can't wait to tell him, "And here you are, standing in grass and hating it. Look at you. Look at you crying, standing in grass! You're so sad! LOLOLOLOL!!!" With that said. I've embraced shooting families again, and especially photographing children. No matter what they're doing or feeling, it's all precious and so fleeting. I love it all because I understand it so much better now. // SPRINGTIME MINI SESSIONS for your kiddos in two weeks, Saturday, March 25th, 2017 in Seattle! Custom florals by @jessannehelton also available to add to your session! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or click on the link in my profile to check availability!