Live Laugh Play
I fell in love with photos before I fell in love with photography. I used to spend hours looking through my parents photos as a little girl. I loved learning about the days before I existed as well as the ones that were a bit foggy for me to remember, and as I got older it was more about reliving the memories with a smile. For me taking a photo is freezing a moment in time so that it can be used to tell the story of our lives.
Though I make my living taking family portraits, my real love is documenting life and the beauty of everyday living. I take at least 1 photo (more like 50) every day. I want my kids to feel the same way that I did as a child looking at the past through the books in the basement. The other day I caught the twins looking through one of the many albums that I have made since their birth. One said to the other, "we are lucky that mommy is a protographer (love the way they say it) because we get to have fun looking at our fun." My heart skipped a beat, and a tear dropped from my eye; They appreciate me.
When I picked the twins up from school today we went to the park because it was a whopping 50 degrees!!!!! I'm not sure who was more excited to be there. I do not think any of us would have survived another afternoon cooped up in the house. To make it even better we were the only ones at the park which is still confusing to me... come on people it is 50 degrees and sunny... Why aren't you here too?
We played for 2 hours and when I wasn't playing I was watching them play through my lens. When we got home and they had some quiet time I looked through the shots from the day and it put a smile on my face. I have been taking too many look at me photos, posed family portraits. I have not been following my own motto "Be as you are" I was reminded of why I love being a photographer. Capturing those moments that tell the stories of our lives. I need to bring this back to my sessions as this is what makes me the photographer that I truly am and want to be.
Here are a few from our afternoon at the park enjoying the sunshine, lack of frigid air, living, laughing, playing.
These guys give me the best days, I love being able to give them back to them.
Get out there and live, laugh, and most importantly PLAY!
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