One of the gifts of being a parent is letting our kids discover their passions, whatever they might be. This may or may not end up being one of hers so I’m enjoying the music while it lasts.
This image is about more than a little girl trying to catch the mist from the hose her mom is holding. It's about an ordinary Summer day when you spend all afternoon outside with your child, participating in the joy of childhood and not just being a spectator. It's about the laughter you shared as the mist landed on her tongue and eyelashes. It's about how you grew in your mom's heart and then you ended up stealing it. It's about a family pet, the little poodle that passed away suddenly and all that's left are cherished memories and photographs. It's about seeing the heart of a family, not just the outside. It's about motherhood and childhood and love.
If the point of getting family pictures taken is to represent this time in your life then honest images will always win me over. I always say the best family photographs go below the surface of what we look like because we're so much more than that. There's no need for epic landscapes, props, poses or co-ordinated outfits. Just show up as yourself and have a speck of trust in me - it's all I need to heartcraft meaningful photos that will soon become a part of your family's history.
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All the things about her that challenge me as a parent are the things I hope she'll carry with her as a woman.
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The first image, I don't know why I love it so much. Maybe it's because the way animals make her feel is the same way she makes me feel. Also, it looks like she has a tail and I think she'd be pretty pleased about that. ;)