The morning before I headed back to Miami, while arriving to shoot Kristin’s Motherhood Journey video, Laura had one request, “Do you have time to shoot my kids and I?” Yes, of course I have time. ( My poor mother’s epic outlet shopping trip went out the window and she was once again babysitting for a full day of picture goodness. It must be said though that come Tuesday morning, we shopped until she was absolutely tired and ready to board our plane home. ) Laura herself was visiting from out of town her family that lives in Baton Rouge and we did the shoot at their place. It might as well been her home because grandma’s house welcomes all.
One of the greatest things for me as a photographer is to see the families I work with evolve throughout the years. The same way you feel when one of your friends gets engaged and then later married. Before you know it she’s already sharing the baby bump news… And it just keeps on going. Because I strive to make a connection with my clients, I see them the same way a friend would. A friend that follows along capturing their story as it evolves.
Laura and Alfred happen to be my friends, even before they were ever my clients, so working with them is all about capturing their personalities. It’s a less of a challenge when you already know how the session is going to go down.
After Lilly’s birth I visited the hospital one more time before heading back to Miami for a “Welcome to the World” session. A newborn session the day after the baby is born is a great way to document those special memories of having your other children meet and interact with the new baby. Perfect alternative for not having your birth photographed. Although I personally stand for getting every single memory captured, I know there are some moms that would like to keep the camera out of the delivery room. And that’s totally okay, every single one of us feels differently about giving birth. Kristin is kinda like me in this sense that she wanted pictures of everything. The fact I had enough time that visit to stay another day worked out perfectly for us.
The first time I met up with them to discuss their birth at Starbucks I told her that most of the time my birth session clients become part of the family. It just happens. One minute you’re a stranger and the next you are witnessing one of the most life-changing moments with a family. It happened with them. Maybe it’s how laid back and cool Kayla’s no worries attitude is or the fact that talking to her mom is like chatting with an aunt while she’s making dinner. All I can say is thank you. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms into your lives and allowing me to be part of these special days. Zara is one lucky gal to have all of your love.
“Happiness isn’t happiness without a violin playing goat.” You may be wondering what this goat business has to do at all with this post. It happens to be one of my favorite quotes from the movie, Notting Hill. Every time I think of the word happiness it comes to mind. What is happiness? The dictionary defines it as feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. Obviously it can mean different things to everyone… but sometimes what makes you happy today doesn’t mean it will continue to do so forever. When I started to shoot this session there was one thing that was completely indisputable. This bundle of joy has perfectly fulfilled the ‘forever in happiness charm’