Being together. That is what this story is about. Just living life while Grandma + Grandpa are visiting from Alaska. Baking cookies. Playing a board game. Flying a kite… Pictures of what Daddy looks like when he's thinking… or being silly. Mommy's gentle touch. Grandma is playful and really sees me and likes who I am. Grandpa's smile while he reads the paper… I am so glad they came to visit and stayed for so long.
I can only guess what this little girl thinks when she sees these pictures… and what she will think thirty years from now when she looks at them. Will she see things the way I saw them there that day? I saw a little girl with a big imagination, in a house with parents who are thinkers and doers… A house with the energy of Ideas and yet it was a quiet house, nothing felt rushed that day… baking cookies from scratch, planting flowers, talk radio, flying a kite… A well-thought-out house, with a place for everything and everything in it's place…
A cat named Cheese who I am sure cannot read, perfectly places himself next to a board game piece that says "Feed Me", poses for a picture and fifteen minutes later the little girl is placing food in his bowl… Unscripted. No posing or planning…
Why a documentary-style family photo session?
Photographs have the gift of giving back to us a memory of a moment. And sometimes when we look at the images we can even remember what the air around us felt like, what our emotion was in that second… and the textures and colors are so vivid, it's like the moment is not lost.
And this type of photo session is not just for you. It is for your children - yes, it is fun - they don't have to sit still and they can play and be themselves… But when they are older, they can look back on the images from this type of photography and really see what they were like. They can see what your family connection was like. When I look at the Polaroid and Kodak film prints of my family, I see these expressions that I clearly remember my father making. Contemplation, joy, curiosity… Those are the photos that make me feel close to him again. I can remember him really well when I look at those. I don't remember him holding my hand. But I have pictures of him doing it and so I know that it happened. And I can feel his hand again. It's amazing!
I imagine as adults we all look back at photos of ourselves when we were really little and it helps ground us… We say to ourselves, "I was there." "I was so happy." "Look how well my parents took care of me." "I loved that toy." "I remember that place!" What a gift it is to be able to give this to our children.