I get asked often, “When is the best season for family pictures?”. You know what my answer will forever be : NOW. Life is constantly moving and changing. Babies are constantly moving and changing. Same with children. Same with adults. Ever since my oldest came home from the hospital (gasp, 10 years ago) I’ve had this deep desire to capture everything about him as often as I could. I remember the day like it was yesterday walking into BestBuy to purchase my first real camera. And, I remember Terry telling the employee, “we just had a baby and we don’t want to miss a thing!”. I still feel the same way. At the time, it was definitely more new mom obsessed with her baby and all his cuteness, but overtime it became a memory capsule to look back on when I just wanted to remember. I want to remember the baby smiles and bright white toddler teeth. I want to remember the day Colton stood in his daddy’s shoes leaning against the counter at age 3. I want to remember all the many Tuesday’s with great grandma. I want to remember all the beautiful sunsets and sunrises. I want to remember all the seasons. Even the really really hard and dark ones. Ones where I struggled as a mom and a wife. For me, and I have said this on many posts, but they have become healing agents for my soul. I want to sit in my kitchen with my grandchildren one day and pull out all the albums of photos. I want to laugh with them about the funny things and show them that TOGETHER you can do anything. I want to share stories just like my grandparents have done with me. “Precious memories how they linger, how they ever flood my soul.”
What I love most about this job is all the many wonderful friends I have grown to love do life with the ones they hold dearest in their hearts. Raising babies is hard stuff, my friends. Gosh, I know this. But, I get to pick up my camera and capture you just as they see you : beautiful, fun, caring, and the best parent ever. I get to pick up my camera and capture you laughing and playing and being surprised with that kind firefighter who waved to your babies in the streets of downtown Franklin. I get to pick up my camera when they so easily calm themselves by laying their tiny heads on your shoulder. Your shoulder is the only one that will do.
This precious life is a gift. This season. Every season. Have someone capture it for you so you can cherish forever. NOW is the best time for family pictures.
ps Some of my favorite friends, The Hardins. We always have the best time together.