Thursday, November 5, 2015

Photographs

When G-d brings certain people into your life, the reasons may not initially be so clear.  Almost exactly six years ago, Sam and I enrolled in a Bradley Method Childbirth class before having our first daughter.  In those days our amazing teacher (and doula through all four births of our children), had intimate classes held in her home.  I remember the day we introduced ourselves and learned that the couple sitting to our right was (also) pregnant with a little girl (we learned when our daughter was born we had that in common), also had a due date of February 5, was also being seen by the same medical group, and was also delivering at the same hospital.  We exchanged contact information, became friends on Facebook, and learned how talented these two people were in the art of photography.  

Over the years their business has blossomed, and despite the fact they found their niche to be engagements and weddings, they always manage to find the time to take our family photos.  I have always stood by their work and even though I am always sure the most current sessions resulted in "their best work yet", I continue to be amazed at how amazing the next ones turn out.

I have been fairly consistent over the years having pictures taken two or three times a year.  I am slightly obsessed with making sure we have milestones of all the children captured.  With Sonzee bear, I have slacked a bit.  Chalk it up to worry about how the pictures would turn out, or maybe holding out hope and wanting to wait until she would be sitting independently; I procrastinated on scheduling our family pictures.  When I finally reached out to our friends, they gave me a date, and we booked it.  I was torn about the location, and in the end, we decided to attempt a "Lifestyle" session since that is one we had not done before, and I really wanted to capture our family's essence.


I always love how our pictures turn out, but for the first time, when I scrolled through the many images they captured, my eyes filled with tears of happiness.  I was drawn to the story each picture told.  Each of our children’s individual personality screams out.  What a talent there is in capturing such raw, incredible moments.  What a blessing it is, that these people are able to capture our craziness, and show the true beauty of our chaotic, messy, and unpredictable life.  

My favorite thing about these pictures is the realness they capture.  No, the Sonzee bear is not sitting independently and no, she did not smile on command, but that is okay, because Sonzee doesn't do those things on a regular basis.  There are some images that I look a little sad, and to be honest, that's the truth as well.  All of the photos capture our family as we are right now, in the moment, with no censoring.  I feel a conglomerate of emotions while I look through all of the images, yet gratefulness, love, and blessings are the top three.  Without furthure adieu.  Here is a glimpse into an evening of our life.








THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO OUR AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER FRIENDS WHO HOLD SUCH A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART.  THANK YOU FOR THE HUNDREDS OF PICTURES, THEY MEAN MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!


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