Oh, summer. Just like that, we are nearing your time to be behind us. Back to school. Back to routines. Back to super early morning wake up calls. Back to homework, early nights, and trying to savor every bit of our babies as they grow into who they will become. Come Monday, my two will be walking into 2nd and 3rd grade. Each one on different sides of their elementary school. Big will be changing classes for the first time. And, little will be the biggest on his side of the school. How does it happen? I mean, I know how and why it happens. But, how does it seem to happen overnight? The first ever newborns I photographed will be walking into big school as kindergartners this year. Some of the first teens I photographed will be walking into their senior year this year. And, some of the first seniors I ever photographed will be heading out into the real world as they earn their college degree. How did THAT happen?
I love the song ‘To The Dreamers’ by for KING and COUNTRY. Especially these lyrics :
God knows you question your courage
And some days I can’t walk for stumbling
If we could only see what we’re becoming
So keep on, keeping on, keeping on
I like to believe that no matter your age, those lyrics mean something. It’s a beautiful bittersweet journey to grow. I look back on the summer with so much sincere happiness and thankfulness. It was the first summer I truly felt like I took it slow and captured some wonderful moments. I spent most of evenings at the lake at sunset. Or, some early mornings with families at their home. I spent a LOT of time at home or visiting my family. I haven’t shared much, but just focused on delivering beautiful work to my clients. My focus is taking a pretty hefty shift, but my heart remains the same. It’s been a BEAUTIFUL summer capturing life, love, and so much happiness.
So, summer 2015. You’ve been so good to me. I hope you know how grateful I am, even when I do not shout it out loud like years past.
As I say goodbye to this amazing summer, I smile. I love all of these sweet families with my whole heart.