Wherever you are, be all there. -Jim Elliott
I’ll admit: I don’t whip out the d800 every single time my kids do something cute. It’s just not real life. Crazy as it sounds, I used to think my lack of a jillion pictures of my kids = bad mama. How crazystupidinsane is that? As a professional photographer, the temptation is ever-present to wear that snazzy camera around my neck and document every breath my precious babies inhale. But, sometimes, I just want to enjoy the moment. We might have to reenact a few “happy birthday” songs or tee-ball hits or Christmas morning excitement. But I love the watching and soaking that comes from just being there.
This is actually the reason I think professional photography is booming. Quite often I hear from clients that it’s a relief to schedule a few sessions per year (or even just one). For some, it helps shed the “picture stress” that us mamas like to put on ourselves.
Once every few months or so, I try to grab my camera (not iPhone) and snap a few professional quality pictures of my littles. Nothing grandiose. Just day in, day out stuff. I also try to do a session with them somewhere other than our house.
Sam is so funny these days. Four year olds are honest people. A few weeks ago, as he and I were sitting across from each other, I noticed a puzzled and thoughtful look in his eyes. A few seconds later, he noted, “I’m trying to think if your head is small or big. I don’t know.”
Annie is so fun, too. She’s extremely verbal—like already talking in sentences and counting to ten. I’m thinking it’s a girl thing. She goes very few places without her baby doll, also. Watching her rock, feed, stroll, and spank her babies is hilarious. Little mama.
Thanks for sticking around and reading my rambling.