Over the years I have had several opportunities to share my story with groups of women. And after hearing about my experience, many have shared stories with me. What I learned is it’s the little things matter most after losing someone you love. After enduring multiple pregnancy losses, complications, and ultimately my dream for more children – embracing life in the moment helped heal my broken heart.
Photos and scrapbooks became the vehicle for that healing as I began to document life from a new perspective. I saw things differently, realizing for the first time that life was fragile, our time here brief. I was determined to embrace it fully – the good and bad. I had taken so much for granted and realized those were the very things I treasured and missed most.
For example, once I knew I would never carry a child again I really wished I would have paid more attention to the experiences with my two boys. Really wished I had pictures of my belly full term. Knowing I would never have another child made me wish I had taken more pictures of them as newborns. So many precious details.
I longed terribly to hold onto what was gone. This is from where my desire for the non-posed stems because I also realized that someday I come to miss these moments as well:
The images above reflect the varied personalities of the people in them. They evoke emotion which helps me remember what life was like back then, both sweet and painful at the same time. Posed images on the other hand, trigger very little.
Looking at the two images above, I remember nothing! The images that matter most to me are those that are reminders of life. Especially now that my boys are adults. REMINDERS of who they once were, what they were like, and how we lived.
Because every season in their lives has been just that – a season.
A precious, passing season. And it is happening in your life as well! Simply spotting meaningful moments can be challenging – capturing them on camera… virtually impossible! That’s why I am introducing this new session format for families. The EVERYDAY FAMILY SESSION will provide clients with a series of images that evoke feelings and memories.
What is exactly is an Everyday Family Session? I can tell you easily what it is NOT. It is not about children behaving perfectly. Or everyone looking at me, the photographer. This type of session is centered around an activity that involves the entire family. As you engage it and each other, I watch and capture moments as they unfold.
Your life. Your story. Captured.