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your parents met in middle school. many, many, many years later they were reunited at a friend’s destination wedding, and from that moment on they became inseparable. your mommy loves the story of how she met your daddy, of how they found each other and love later in life.
but I think the greatest part of their story now is how they created you.
you are 3.5 months old, and it’s almost hard to remember what life was like without you. how lucky your parents are that you chose them!
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!
this moment in a time.
6 weeks into your existence on earth.
6 weeks of your parents staring in awe of you; sleep deprived, perhaps sometimes overwhelmed, but most importantly- so deeply and madly in love.
it’s amazing to see, in such a short amount of time, how much a routine at home is already established. the bedroom snuggles, the book reading and bottle feeding with dad, the way mom knows how to hold you to soothe you immediately.
the very beginning of your story. it’s happening. right here, in this moment.
this is the start of it all.
baby joshy, welcome to the world. you are so, so loved.
disclaimer: I am not a senior portrait photographer. I do not shoot senior portraits. I will not book senior portraits because I literally have no idea what I’m doing.
continue reading on to learn more about this senior portrait session…. :)
this is my sister-in-law, olivia.
she and my mother-in-law were in town for a few days (they live in northern california), and candidly asked if I would be willing to do some senior photos for olivia while they were in town. I’m pretty sure my immediate response was: “I don’t know how to pose people”. and that’s 100% true. posed photography is a true art form in itself, and if you know me and what I do with my camera- I do not pose. I may find the pretty light in your home, and I may sometimes intervene to lightly direct a moment….but always strive to capture real life. what fills my heart is capturing the beauty of your everyday.
so. had I followed olivia around for the day and documented her life as a senior in high school (hello. how. much. fun. would. that. be.), that would be MY version of senior portraits. but olivia was really wanting different from the rest of what the seniors in her town do for their photos, and I so admire and appreciate that notion.
I went on pinterest and searched for “senior photography for girls” and saved images of poses on my phone. and on the evening of shooting together, olivia and I literally looked through my phone and tried to mimic (as best as we could) the poses that I saved.
truth be told, I am more than elated with how things turned out. I love the photos. I think they are edgy and colorful, and olivia looks stunning. I secretly wish I had photos of myself that looked like this when I was on the cusp of graduating high school.
that said, I took the time to capture MY type of photos. the messy, the candid, the authentic moments.
and I love those even more.