This mama speaks my language. She is enamored with her children and wants to soak up every milestone and moment. From the way her youngest would prefer to slide along the floor rather than crawl, to her daughter talking and singing herself to sleep each night… every moment for this mom is worthy of remembering. Even the fussy and messy moments. They all matter.This session brought me back to just a few years ago when my crazy babies were still in highchairs. I adored how they waved their dangling feet and banged their hands on the counter demanding more to eat… food that would likely wind up on the ground after being batted around like a cat toy. (I think our dog misses it, too.)If the chairs and the feet look familiar to you, it’s because I used a similar photo in an article about how to layer a picture to make it more powerful. You can check out that photo tip here: The Dance of Tiny Feet.His chubby little fingers meticulously pinch a Cheerio that he kindly offers to his mommy… sigh… life is definitely crazy when you have kids, but it’s the little things like being fed by your toddler that make the wild ride feel a little less bumpy.
Watching her snuggle up with one of her favorite books was fascinating… she knew I was there with a camera in hand, and yet her flipping through the pages and getting lost the colorful drawings was more important than getting her pictures taken. I love that kind of intensity. Especially when it comes to reading.He’s a little wild, but at the same time extremely sensitive and loving. While he is itching for freedom, he seems to prefer constant contact with his mama. The sweetness of it made my heart ache a little.Witnessing a parent’s uncontrollable love for a child is quite possibly the biggest perk of being a family photographer. Their dad works from home and takes time out to let his daughter “help”. He hoisted her onto his lap, and she pretended that she was working, too. I’m not sure he knows this, but those 2 minutes a day will grow to be one her most cherished childhood memories. I strongly believe that good parenting is about the genuine connections rather than the overall time you spend with your children. When I look at this photo I can still hear the squealing laughter and am reminded of what it was like to have two toddlers climbing all over me… It makes me miss all the hair pulling and drool. Side note: I was so inspired by this family’s “play area”, I decided that the squishy, inviting rug must make an appearance in my own home. It took awhile to find the perfect one, but it was well worth the wait! We can now laze around on it like the Brooks family does theirs. And even though my kids are a little older now, we can still hang out and play in a new way… I thank the Brooks family for the inspiration. :)
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