Category Archives: children
a simple day at home. but oh so much more.
these are the sessions that make my heart flutter; where I spend time with a family and “nothing happens”. those are the sessions where everything happens, where images are created that I know will mean the absolute world to the family a year from now.. 10 years from now.
grandma was visiting. the older boys and dad played music in the garage. the whole family hung out on their balcony and talked and ate snacks. they dug in sandbox, played catch. there were tickle fights, and bee stings, and dishes washed. the sun began to set and dinner was prepared while the kids skateboarded in front of their house.
this is the world of the wilson family in october of 2017. a month from now it will look different. a year from now, so much will have changed. but this, this is a snapshot of their present.
details preserved. an afternoon forever frozen in time. how incredibly special is that to have?
a few months ago, I was honored to be able to do a photoshoot for an up and coming business. their website is finally live, and I’m excited to introduce to you the baby playgroup!
the baby playgroup is an educational program focused on multi-sensory stimulation to enhance brain development in infants and toddlers. children get the opportunity experience multi-sensory cues to stimulate the brain to include visual tracking, audio tracking, gentle gross motor skills, music & movement, and vestibular activities.
watching babies experience things for the first time is truly one of my favorite things to witness. as an early childhood educator in an infant classroom for many years, I got to watch this first hand over and over again. there’s truly nothing like it.
if you are in the los angeles area…click through and explore www.thebabyplaygroupla.com! my images are featured on their website, and you can see even more from this photoshoot below.
what’s the most special for me out of all of this is this video that a mama took during the shoot. children are often so very interested in my camera, and I always let them safely explore it if they’re showing interest. I have very few images of me in action with my camera, and having this video is even more special. I just love getting to be in a child’s world. what a sacred and beautiful space it is!
brodie mae was born july 19, 2017.
her sister, tenley june, was born june 8, 2016.
they are 13 months apart in age.
even though the conception of another baby only 3 months postpartum with your first baby would take ANYONE by surprise- brodie’s appearance to this world is even more miraculous her parents, amy and chris, were only given a 2% of ever conceiving naturally.
their first daughter, tenley, is the product of 2 IVF cycles, which created 4 embryos. two transfers later, and a debt of close to $50,000- they finally had their beautiful baby girl after 3 years of fighting infertility. their baby was here. finally, finally here.
on the day after she was born, I had the honor to photograph her and her family, and it was an absolutely beautiful experience. you can see the love just seeping through the images! from that moment on, I’ve become quite close with amy, as she’s been a huge support to me through my own infertility struggles.
from our own personal journey to become parents, I have begun to really realize that every single baby born, be it naturally or with assistance, is a true miracle. for every thing to line up within a woman and man’s body to create a human life, the millions of intricate factors that need to be perfectly in place, all babies born are true and absolute miracles.
and brodie mae is the absolute and definitive proof of a miracle. she is the 2% probability in real, beautiful, and tangible form. she wasn’t supposed to ever happen, but against all odds, 3 months after her sister was born, she was created. she grew, she thrived, and she was born perfectly healthy.
so here I was, 13 months later, in the same hospital, just a few doors down from the same exact room, capturing brodie’s second day here. but the one huge difference was that I was also in the room when tenley met her baby sister for the first time.
theses images, oh my goodness, they make me well up with tears. the exact moment in time where two sisters meet. there’s a series where tenley makes eye contact with brodie for the first time, and then immediately looks at her mom, and then reaches for her sister. it’s everything.
it’s the exact start as a family of 4.
a family with 2 uniquely incredible miracles of children.
a lifetime of new memories, of sisters who will grow up as close as close can be.
it’s the absolute beginning of a new chapter, a new story. and it’s forever frozen in time.
and all I can think about is how when tenley and brodie are grown, they’re going to have these moments to look back on. the very first second they met.
my heart swells.
there’s something super special and unique about this session.
grandparents were visiting, staying with the family for about 6 months to help with the newest arrival, the most delicious, drooly, and smiley, baby dean. and on top of that, the only ones who spoke english were mom and dad. grandparents and big brother, daniel, only spoke chinese! but you know what these images show? language barriers do not conflict between subjects and a camera. the family bonds and love seeps through these images, and there was absolutely little that I did to “prompt” that to happen.
it was an absolute honor to document home life for this family of 7- which includes their “first baby”, guai guai the dog, who came all the way from china! mom told me that she wanted these images because it would be very special, as a chinese family, to have photos done by an american photographer from western point of view. they had no idea that it people had photos taken inside their homes, and not in a studio!
the last of these images that I am sharing with you are after baby dean fell asleep once I was done shooting. I had my camera packed away, and grandparents took him into a different room of the house for a nap. these are some of my favorite moments. they’re not the typical “infant sleeping in the crib” type of images…. dare I say- the western way. they’re uniquely different. unique to this family. and I love that I had the opportunity to preserve it.
365 days of life. it’s truly crazy how quickly a year goes by!
you might remember celine and her family from 6 months ago… and here we were again, on the exact day of her birth.
so many firsts.
so many milestones.
mom wanted to remember her sweet baby’s rolls; she wanted the kids to remember how small they once were.
they grow so fast.
more firsts to experience, more milestones to achieve.
but for now, for this brief moment in time, it all stands still. to cherish, to remember.
happy first birthday, celine! you are so, so loved.