Fall sessions with return clients who have become friends are one of the reasons that I have chosen to be a photographer. Anyone can take pictures of a lot of people. But if those people don’t come back to you, you must be doing something wrong. I want images that not only showcase my talent, but that tell a family’s story.
I know that most parents want every picture of their child smiling and behaving, but my favorite shots every time are the ones where the child lets down their guard and is comfortable enough with me to NOT smile. That’s when I know I’ve won them over. And those images, to me, are the most priceless.
A mama loves her babies in a far greater way than anyone else can. There is just something about that bond that can’t be broken. Whether it be through birth, adoption, foster, or mentoring, no one can match that relationship.
I have the world’s best mother! She isn’t perfect, but that’s part of what makes her so wonderful. She has always been someone I knew would be praying for me no matter the circumstance and continues no matter my age. I can say without a doubt that she prays for me still, every day. I can see her now sitting at the kitchen table with her Bible opened and head bowed. That gives me so much peace to know that someone is interceding daily on my behalf.
A stay-at-home-mom who valued her family more than anyone or anything else. I always knew that she would be there for me if I needed to leave school early, had to stay home due to sickness or needed to walk home from elementary to have her fix my boo boo because she could do it better than anyone else, including the school nurse. She has always been patient and intolerant of gossip. And that is the kind of mother I always hoped I would be. Whether I have succeeded or not is yet to be determined.
One thing I know is this… no other woman can love my babies like I can. Motherhood is not easy, but there has never been a single day when I have regretted it or wished for something different. My life has been more rewarding than I could have even hoped or imagined. The day in and day out is not only something I cherish but it’s also something I miss terribly. For me, personally, it was definitely my calling.
So to all of the mothers out there that are feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated, exhausted, less-than, I tell you this. There is no greater reward on this earth and no higher calling. I see you and I appreciate you. And one day, your child will too. And one more thing… no one else can love your babies like YOU can!
Just because your nest is empty and has been for quite some time, doesn’t mean it is devoid of love and laughter. These two are proof of that and I love them dearly! What a great example to younger couples around them.
I love how they look at each other as if each was seeing the other for the very first time.
I have no idea what they were saying to each other throughout the shoot, but I did have to tell them at one point that secrets don’t make friends. That didn’t stop them though. 😉
My absolute favorites from this session are the ones on the front porch. There is nothing more meaningful and real as someone in their own home. Plus, they are such sweet shots and I have a special spot in my heart for front porches and days gone by.
I just love these two so, so much!
Going into this night I was recalling the last attempt at a session with this family. We laugh about it now (and actually then) because it was just one of those things. The littlest one was younger and had to be awakened from a late nap. Then, the sun was setting quickly. There was just no winning. If I recall correctly, it was a last minute thing because the temperature was perfect and the Mr. was not out in the fields with harvest.
But this attempt was a complete success! No tears, no waking from naps, plenty of time before the sun set, smiles, silliness and an all around beautiful evening.