I love being a photographer. Each time I photograph a family I feel honoured to be invited into their space and emotional lives. I learn about love and relationships. The girls in this family (aged one and a half and three and a half) were comfortable with me right away. When kids are curious (as they usually are!) I like to invite them into the photography process so that they feel included in the experience of making pictures. I asked the little one if she wanted to be my assistant and she walked right over and sat down in my lap. So adorable. Then we took a few photos of her family and the older daughter took her place. I felt honoured they felt this comfortable around me after only just meeting.
The trust of a child is a gift.
When we did shadow play in the front yard, the older sister sang and danced while the younger one offered up flowers that were making beautiful shadows. It was inspiring. I find shadow play such a beautiful way to make fine art photography for families.
There was a LOT of jumping on the bed. Each jump was magic.
Hiding in the shadows.
Like a fish, the older sister dunked her head over and over again, with joy and fearlessness.
After story time with dad for both girls, the older girl and mom headed downstairs for a bedtime snack and a chat. It was one of those every day, beautiful moments. The end of the day brings a clarity and honesty and space to connect with those you love. I can imagine years from now this little girl thinking back on how special these moments were with her mom.
Thank you for sharing these moments with me.