Because life passes us by way too quickly. Because a lot of the time you are just wishing for our children to grow up. You get excited about milestones and you get excited to see them walk for the first time, to see them play with another child for the first time. You get excited for them to learn how to write and how to tell time. You get excited for dance recitals and swimming meets, for school dances and their first prom. For their first boyfriend and their graduation. And there is nothing wrong with getting excited, but before you know it you blink and these times that you wished for have come and gone and your babies are all grown up.
It’s so important to capture these years. Take photos as often as you can. Capture them every single day with your camera. But then call me. Get out from behind that camera and call ME so I can capture you and your family in the only way I know how. With emotion. Raw emotion. It was after this session I realized how emotional I am about capturing families. I am obsessed with the love and joy that families have. Daddy’s and their daughters, mommy’s and their daughters…. The bond a family has mesmerizes me. It really does. Watching their connections make me warm inside. It’s as though my heart is smiling.
It’s an amazing feeling.
I decided after this session that I have to capture more families. I have to do this for people. I have to give images to parents that make them cry. Images where a pit forms in their stomach and they are immediately drawn to and emotionally connected to the art I created. Images that stop them from breathing. Images where they think, “I have never seen us from the outside but this is so US, in every way shape and form.”
I feel to strongly about this. Like it’s my calling or something. Sounds corny but I don’t care. I feel as though God gave me a gift. He gave me this gift of being super emotional, this gift of being good with a camera, this gift of being just so invested in families and love that this is what I was born to do.
Maxine, thank you for not only being a friend to me but for trusting me to capture your family. You have had one of the most trying years of your life, and I can only hope that ten, fifteen, twenty years down the line you look at these photos and smile and your eyes well-up with tears, knowing that these moments were captured when your family was at it’s strongest.