If you’ve followed my blog at all over the past, oh, 10-11 years or so, you will have noticed that there are certain themes that I’m in love with. Number one or two on that list is definitely mother-child photography. It goes without saying that I love this genre/part of my job.
I believe that photos of parents with their children are a necessary part of a family’s life. I think that children truly derive a sense of belonging from photography on display in the home (see THIS post for more detail on my thoughts on that topic) AND I think that it is valuable, no maybe necessary, for every child to have photos taken with their parents – ESPECIALLY moms. Let’s face it moms: you’re always on the other side of the camera…how do I know? Because I’m that mom too and I’ve taken the time, over the years, to ensure that there are photos with ME present in them. With the kids.
It’s not that I enjoy being in photos (I kind of hate not being in control of the photo taking process…I KNOW…hard to believe, right? 😀 ) but I do believe that children get a kick out of being in photos with mom and kids definitely enjoying seeing themselves in photos and moms are often the forgotten family member in photo albums. As moms we have a bazillion excuses to not be in the photos but the #1 reason we should be in them is this: THE PHOTO YOU TAKE WITH YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT ABOUT YOU.
Which comes to this session in particular. I know this mom understands the value in being in photos with her babies…she *gets* it (she gets me and my passion for it). I’ve had the pleasure of photographing her oldest since he was toddling and also her youngest starting around the same age. I was thrilled that she was coming to town again and chose to have me photograph her and the kids while she was visiting Chicago. I keep saying it because I mean it: it is an honor to watch these young people grow up, it is a pleasure watching their personalities emerge and it is humbling to know that our time together, while short and only a few hours of one day, is something that will be remembered for a long time to come. The value of what I create goes far beyond the present moment and I am fully aware of the weight of what I do (and create).
I capture personalities, quirks, fun moments, loving moments and the heart and soul of relationships. And what a blessing it is.
Thank you Svena for allowing me into your beautiful family’s life for this brief morning this past weekend. It was a joy to see you all again! Much love and I hope you enjoy your sneak peek.
If you are looking for a Chicago IL family photographer I may be your girl! I regularly travel throughout the city and the suburbs for family photography sessions.
(I seem to be seeing a lot of my out of town clients this year…this is a hint to those I haven’t seen in awhile…your photography session awaits you!! 😀 Come to visit the Windy City and while you’re booking your flight call me, your updated family photos await you! 815-603-8450)