Do you recognize this beautiful family? Chances are good you already follow this gorgeous Portland mama on Instagram (and if not, you will now!). This newborn family session was featured on 100 Layer Cakelet but I realized that I hadn't shared it yet on the blog. Elodie is now an adorable three-and-a-half year old and she's a big sister to her brother James.
Two of the biggest reasons I love documenting growing families: connection and gratitude. Every time I photograph a family, it is an experience of authentic connection. I get to capture moments of people bonding with the ones they love most. As a family, you can never have too many of these moments. I'm all for every board game played (Monopoly Deal anyone?), every trip to the pumpkin patch, and every dinner shared around the table (even if it gets a little bit crazy, which it does!). Each one of these is a true connection. This is the heart of our relationships. When I photograph families, I capture this heart - true moments of connection.
The gratitude component comes in bit later, once you have your photos in hand and are looking through them. It's that feeling you get when you look at photos of your child's teeny hand wrapping around your finger that just catches your breath in the back of your throat. You guys, I'm choking up writing this! Photographs are a vehicle for that gratitude. How insanely lucky are we to have the families we do? To live the lives we have? It's a gift I can't even wrap my head around. Looking at photographs of my family transports me to a place of insane and abundant gratitude. Gratitude is centering, gratitude grounds me. That is why I love to do what I do and photograph families; to give that centered feeling rooted in gratitude to my clients.
Connection and gratitude; two reasons why I will always love being a photographer and preserving memories.
Liz, I hope this is a walk down memory lane for you that makes you smile! And P.S. everyone, check out Liz's blog. She is an incredibly talented photographer and writer who shares thoughts on motherhood, travel, and more. It's good stuff, you guys.