For the better portion of a year, I decided I was done capturing little family's. It wasn't that I didn't want to, I just truly struggled to find my voice and creativity during them. Unless the sessions were at home - then I managed to always fall right into a groove of incredible creativity. Something about standing in the space where all of the memories are made means something. At least twice a year, I take my gear and head to my best friend's home to take photos of her beautiful growing family, and this time I was determined to give her something more than a pretty photo of her children. I wanted to give her the memories that as parents we sometimes wish we could just freeze in time. The way her son's tiny arms wrapped so tightly around her neck and how her daughter could pull off a shoe and stick it in her mouth in 15 seconds flat.
I pulled out my camera and I captured all of that, plus some cheesy regular portraits, too, but those were super easy to get along the way when everyone was just having a good time. The kids were comfortable, snacks and breaks were easy to pause for, and the result was pure love. I realized I'm not done capturing little family's, I just want to capture REAL families and REAL memories. Bring me along on an experience, let me come over and capture Friday night dinner when you all cook together, take me to your favorite place to go to on earth, and leave all the perfection behind. My strength has always been in conveying and capturing emotion, and I want to do that for all my little family's.
To my bestie, I hope you always cherish the snugs and monster faces that your children give you.