I have two girls, so having boys, and three of them, live in my home is a phenomenon that I simply can't wrap my mind around.
But this mom, and this dad... They had it all under control.
When I was little, my parents let me sit on the counter when they were cooking. Sometimes I helped, other times not. I always observed, though. Loved watching them "dance" around the kitchen turning individual ingredients into whole meals that provided my family with both nourishment and love. It was wonderful.
I have two children, and I can remember those first few hazy moments with each new baby. The overwhelming love. The soul-filling joy I felt from looking at their tiny little fingers and toes, their soft skin, and their sweet facial features. I remember thinking, "Wow. You're here, in front of me. You're really here."
I have two young children. As you can imagine, my house is almost always in a state of mess. I'm constantly picking up toys, vacuuming up crumbs, sorting and folding and putting away laundry, all the while trying to feed and clean and stimulate and teach my children to be kind and compassionate and strong humans...
What comes to mind when you think of "family photography"? I think to most people, it means getting dressed, usually in coordinating clothing. Maybe having your hair done. Heading to some scenic someplace. And having a photographer take photos until you get that classic photo where everyone is looking in the same direction..
As I recently disclosed on my Facebook page, I wasn't schooled in photography. I studied English in college and I have a master's degree in social work. But I've always been keen on photography, and in college I took a few courses in film photography, but I let it slip...