I loved this session because it was for real! It was real and sweet and cozy and tender. I'm all about getting gussied up and posing at the park when the occasion calls for it, but the pictures that are the most fun to look back on are the ones like these. Just a happy family snuggling their new baby on their bed on an overcast, lazy Saturday morning. With Bambi playing in the background and chapstick smeared on the window, because that's life with little people. Real life is the most beautiful.
I love that Casper came along for these photos. He is the sweetest gentle little lamb! It's so bittersweet for the first child to get a sibling. It's actually the best thing to ever happen to them, but they're too little to know that and, at least at first, are sad to share mama. I feel like we got some glimpses of that in these pictures, like he can sense the change that's coming. Danielle is a calm, gracious mom and I want to be more like her.
Recently I've been examining the reason why I like to take photos. Why, why why. What's the main goal here? Why am I sacrificing weekend hours, family time, and money to pursue it? Is it to build a business that will help support my family? Is it just filling a need to create something and get my mind off of motherhood for a few hours a week? Am I simply drawn to the challenge of mastering how a camera interacts with light? Yes, yes, and yes.
But I've realized my very favorite thing about taking pictures of families. It's to help people value themselves! Creating pictures can help people to see themselves like I see them, like their kids see them, like their spouse sees them. And it helps them realize that they're imperfect, but beautiful and valuable. I don't think pictures are going to change anyone's life or anything, but it sure is great to take a moment and realize that someone loves you.
Well anyways, check out this beautiful family! They're great friends of mine, they're creative geniuses, and I love them.