Late in 2014 I headed North to Seattle for some traveling sessions. It rained the majority of our stay, but thankfully the clouds parted and the rain stopped at just the right times. My cousin, her husband, and their two precious children ventured out to a neighborhood park and I snapped away. My favorite images out of any session are typically the ones that portray the connections that are so unique to each family, whether they are between a husband and wife, brother and sister, or a parent and child. The moments that are natural, unscripted, and comfortable. This session had plenty of these moments...and on a side note, doesn't baby girl look like a little woodland fairy?
I've had the privilege of capturing snippets of time for this family for over half a decade, since their firstborn was a bitty baby. And this Mama just happens to be a dear friend who I first met over two decades ago. From our senior road trip in high school to prom group to bridesmaid in my wedding, she has been instrumental in my life. With each photo session I have with them, I feel like I walk away with my heart a bit more full. This family is as comical as they are beautiful, as these images will attest to.
There is something so magical about the raw connection between a mother and her babies. The kind of connection that can calm fears and dry tears. The kind of connection that can promote giggles and cure the wiggles. The kind of connection that can create art and mend a heart. The kind of connection that can read thoughts and entertain tots. For those on the outside looking in, this mother is something. For the three little girls she has created, this mother is everything. And they are everything to her.
Some of my most favorite families to photograph are the ones that I've watched grow and expand over the years. These three belong to a very close friend, who I first met in college. I was honored to document an afternoon at the park with them, as they played and wandered and explored. Children are the reason I began this little business of mine, and they continue to be the reason I am still in it. Especially ones like these.