“Maternal love, like an orange tree, buds and blossoms and bears at once. When a woman puts her finger for the first time into the tiny hand of her baby and feels that helpless clutch which tightens her very heartstrings, she is born again with her newborn child.”
~kate douglas wiggin
Each new client that I have an opportunity to meet and each new session brings with it a new life story to sweetly unfold. There is something so very amazing about getting to know the families that I photograph–I become instantly invested in their lives, and those that return year after year become part of my little photography family. I know their stories, I care about their stories. I think when you are true to your own style as a photographer (your own style being exactly what you love and see and the feelings you wish to evoke as you look through your lens), then those that become your clients are naturally very similar to you. They have the same sense of style and often, the same way of seeing the world. To me, that is so.amazing. To connect with each of your clients, to see two people become a family of three, to watch their children grow and new ones added. THIS is what photography is all about, and I find it to be such a fun little ride!
When I met this darling family, they had just welcomed their newest little one. As is often customary with newborn sessions, we had time to chat in between shots as baby was soothed and fed and changed, and I had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about their family. And the similarities are crazy! We discovered that not only do our daughters have (almost) the same first and middle name, but our sons have the same names as well. They moved to Arizona from Louisiana, just as we did, and mom even mentioned that we have some of the same friends on Facebook in common that were “recommended” to her. Little tidbits like these make me giggle and just love this part of life. Having moved seventeen times, you would be surprised at how often things like this have happened in my life. Like the time I started a new school after having just moved to Northern Virginia in 9th grade only to sit down next to my best friend from 1st grade (from when we lived in Germany, that I hadn’t seen since then), or the time that I took a group of high school students to Europe and one of them saw their neighbor in line at customs in London while we were waiting to catch a flight to Rome! I think these little coincidences make life fun to live, and allow for a few sparkles along the way…
This lovely family ordered a large canvas collage of their session images–SO fun to design with these smiling and cute faces!
What a super awesome session–thanks so much, L fam! It was so wonderful to meet you!