As my holiday mini’s are starting to come to an end, I was very grateful to capture Genea and her family again this year! With two new faces this year…her Mom and Dad! Genea informed me they hadn’t had their pictures taken in over 15yrs, so I was truly appreciative to capture this moment.
I hope everyone had the opportunity to really and truly enjoy and embrace the holidays.
As I was looking over several of my sessions from 2015, There was one in particular that stood out to me. Though it was a traditional family portrait, mom and dads hands immediately caught my eye. When the children are gone, they will still have each other. It’s a relationship that is built before the children and the tradition.
I thought, as parents do we really prepare our selves for change when our children grow up and leave home? Those traditions that we are use to during the holidays, will they stay the same? When our children become husbands, wives, mothers or fathers…will they leave their home town and establish their children’s home town?
Every year since my oldest daughter was five we’ve gone to my cousins house on Christmas Eve, we play games, crack jokes, my daughter builds a gingerbread house with her older cousin, we laugh and have an absolutely wonderful time.
Well in 2015, the tradition changed and I had to really come to terms that my younger cousins lives were now changing. So that meant a change for my family during this time of the year also. And though this change in tradition is sad and kind of hard to adjust to, not only for me but my oldest daughter. I had to quickly adjust and be ok with this change because there were so many positive and exciting things that were coming from this change.
go every other year instead of every year
maybe start the celebration earlier
let those who can’t make it know you understand and you still love them. (it’s hard for them to make the change also)
Even with the changes, the #gingerbread house was still completed by my daughter and cousin(with the help of eating the candy from the little one). Sometimes it’s not about when the house is built, it’s about the relationship that’s being built while building the gingerbread house!
2015 gingerbread house
Building a relationship!
If we hold on to the tradition instead of the memories that have come from the tradition…then we miss out on all the beautiful memories that are to come from the changes.
There have been moments that I’ve found myself smiling, laughing and even shedding a couple of tears this year… not from sadness, but because I’ve been able to witness Love in so many ways from my clients.
We all express love in different ways, it may be a look, a touch, or even our words but how ever we choose to show it…it’s Love. Accept it, appreciate it and embrace it.
My love for 2015, is because of the many loving beautiful people who let me into their lives to see how they love. Thank you all for being in the moment, for being comfortable enough that you could display your love in the presence of me and baby Jean(my camera). Your smiles and love will forever be apart of my heart.
Please, click and enjoy some of the love I’ve had the pleasure of capturing in 2015!
A family of love! Mom and Dad holding hands, I had to pause for a moment to let them know I appreciate it. It’s the little things.
Love between a mother and her child.
The Lovett Love
Allow me to Frame the Masterpiece that God has Created just for Me.
The day was absolutely beautiful at Vines Garden Park, I love shooting at this location because it gives variety! You can never go wrong with this location.
When you’re given a family that shows Love, Laughter and how to embrace the moments they have together, it makes it very hard for me to stop shooting! I’m grateful they allowed me into their lives, to see how they have fun as a family.
I truly enjoyed meeting this wonderful family. When I received the email about booking, it stated that their father decided he wanted family pictures taken. I thought, wow it’s not often that I receive bookings because the father wants them…it’s usually the mother! From first site this family was very welcoming, from their beautiful smiles to the warm hugs.
After our session the sisters informed me the youngest sister was going off to college and that is why Dad wanted this photo shoot asap. When I hear these stories, I think how blessed this family is to have a man who wants to document what God has given him. I am forever grateful that they chose me to document it.
I hope you all will enjoy viewing the Lovett families love as much as I did while post processing…I found myself smiling because there were so many smiles in the images. I love it!
So often we pass up opportunities to leave the next generation a portrait of knowing or wanting to know who we are.
How often have you heard family members say you resemble someone in the family that you’ve never seen? Maybe it’s your eyes, nose or that little dimple you have on your chin. But the only problem is, there’s no picture…so you’ll continue to hear the stories and never see an image.
Here’s a few suggestions to help you get that photo shoot checked off your to do list this year.
-With New Year resolutions in full effect, reward yourself with a photo shoot when you reach a particular goal.
-Book a session for when you know family members will be in town for Family Reunions, Mothers Day, Easter or any other holiday.
-If your on a tight budget, check out Living Social or Groupon…some of my favorite clients are those who purchased from these two companies.
-If you’re not sure what photography company to use…CHOOSE ME! 😉 Or ask close friends, family or coworkers for recommendations.
Whatever your reasons, let 2015 be the year to make it happen.
I’ll leave you with this quote from a recent client:
“Mom you should take a picture by yourself, if something happens to you at least we’ll have a recent picture to use”.