A growing family is such a miraculous thing. Love stretches and grows. New relationships are suddenly formed (baby sister becomes big sister, big brother now has a little brother). Mom and Dad find that their hands are needed in countless new ways and yet somehow every need is met. We wonder how we’ll do it all and yet somehow God graciously gives parents the ability to be enough for their little ones.
I’ve been photographing these darling boys since they were babies, which seems like just months ago, but clearly was a bit longer than that! Always well-mannered and sweet, these little guys are slightly shy, so we work with what they feel comfortable with. Big brother set the tone by taking his pictures first.
In the past, I dreaded winter photo sessions. I live in a place where we hover around zero degrees (often dipping pretty far below) for several months. Snow can last for 5 months. The daylight is short and the wind can be harsh.
The only thing tougher than a Minnesota winter are the Minnesotans who tough it out! This family was able to all get together and make this photo session happen this weekend. But it was 2 degrees. Read that again–TWO degrees. We were cold and we were hurting, but they smiled through it and we got these beautiful images as a result!
As it’s snowing today in Grand Rapids, I’m finishing up editing this family’s recent session. We’ve had a gloriously warm and beautiful fall and it’s amazing to look at these images and truly believe it was just a short while ago that we could be outdoors and comfortable without winter coats and boots! In the midst of today’s snowstorm, this little girl is sure warming my heart!
As a photographer, my hope for my clients goes beyond this year’s frame-worthy pictures or creating the perfect image for a Christmas card. Those goals are fun and definitely worthy to pursue. My hope beyond all that, though, is that the images we capture last in order to bless, amuse, and tell a story for future generations.
Knowing this sweet family, if I had to describe these adorable children, I could go on and on about how darling and kind they are, but I would also have to say that my favorite characteristic of these kids is their curiosity. Photographing them exploring everything around them is a perfect representation of who they are!
There is the literal reality that photographs make time stand still–but it seems especially true with family photography when we are capturing young children. There is the sense that a certain phase, a certain chapter in a family’s life, is caught and forever held in those photographs. It’s why I love family photography and why I’m especially captivated by children’s photography.
It is wonderful when family can gather together and make time for pictures! It always warms my heart to see multiple generations like this. Grandmas, parents, an uncle, and some kiddos….what a great mix!
I know, I know….family photos can be daunting. The idea of getting everyone dressed in complimentary apparel, hoping/bribing/threatening the kids to behave and smile “normal”…. I’m a mom, I get it (and my kids have some absurd smiles and can get so grumpy at each other if someone touches their shoulder or back or hair the wrong way…oh my goodness!). As a photographer, I always have wayyy more patience with other people’s kids than I have when I’m trying to photograph my own. As a parent, it’s often it’s easy to think of how much work a photo session can be instead of remembering the fun and silly moments that happen and are wonderful! Truly, my goal is to give your family not just photographs that serve as lasting reminders of a certain chapter in life, but I also hope that we can create a fun moment or two to overshadow any exasperation a mom or dad might be feeling. I hope every family can look at their pictures and still hear the giggles….