I love photographing children and families in their own environment, and this shoot was no exception. Laura is a dear friend of mine and sweet enough to ask me to follow her family around. I love all the pastel colors and how their love for each other shows. There was some downtime when baby Odin was eating where I was able to follow the older kids and how they spend time with their Dad. Then I had the chance photograph the connection between a mommy and her baby, so they can always remember those precious few weeks. I had so much fun capturing this family just the way they are.
I just got home from a two-week long trip to Utah. We drove all night and had just a few hours to spare before heading to my sister and brother-in-law’s graduation. It just happened that Craig was graduating the same day, and we were able to meet up for pictures in between ceremonies. It’s obvious to me how much these two love each other and I feel so lucky that I was able to stand back, observe, and capture these moments for them. They’ll be getting married on the east coast later this summer, and I know it’s going to be a wonderful celebration of their love.
What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller
I’ve had the pictures in this post here ready to be published for almost two months now, but have never been able to find the right words to say… I still can’t. The mother of a dear friend of ours passed away on March 10th after a battle with cancer. The same day my neighbor lost her mother to cancer, we found out another friend lost their little girl in a tragic accident, and my husband’s grandmother fell and broke several bones. I was reminded, like a slap in the face, about how precious life is. How we must treasure every moment we have with our loved ones, because one day we will have those memories to remember, and keep us going.
I feel so lucky to have been able to capture these moments of their family together back in the fall of 2010, before Jan was diagnosed with cancer. Her smile and love for her family during this one little moment in time will never be forgotten. I have challenged myself, and challenge you to get out and take pictures of your loved ones. But even more take photos of yourself. Not for you, but for them. Even if you think you’re having a bad hair day, have ten pounds to lose, or like me, you’re still in your pajamas at noon. It doesn’t matter if you’ve set up a family photo session or your just taking photos with your phone and posting them to instagram, embrace the camera. My friend Holly (Jan’s daughter-in-law) has started doing this on her personal blog, and it’s something I’ve consciously been doing myself, for my own kids, so someday when I am gone they will have those happy memories to look back on.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – unknown
This quote immediately made me think of Josie. She is full of confidence and is beautiful inside and out. She knows that beauty doesn’t just lie in the makeup or clothes she wears. She is beautiful no matter what she wears, and she knows that, which I love! She loves playing volleyball and could quite possibly be a model some day.
I had the opportunity to photograph Josie almost exactly two years ago right before her 16th birthday. You can see those pictures HERE. This year her shoot was right before her 18th birthday, I can hardly believe how fast time goes by!
We had so much fun at the marina with her cousin and a friend, just laughing, and joking, and enduring the freezing cold wind and even some rain. You wouldn’t be able to tell that Josie was freezing during all of these pictures from the smile on her face!
Thank you Josie for letting me have the opportunity to capture you’re beauty again.
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder – H.G. Wells
These boys are and always will be in my heart. This is just one beautiful moment captured in our daily life. A moment where my boys were playing together, on a day where we wore pajamas all day long, my favorite kind of day, my favorite kind of moment. Beauty in my eyes, and heart. Them just being them. That coupled with the beauty of instant film. It makes my heart happy.
Now go out and find the beauty in your life, and don’t forget to visit “I Heart Faces” for more beautiful black and white entries!