OK, so we aren’t even remotely what one might define as “mall people.” Aside from the occasional visit to one of the outside restaurants, this was probably the first time the four of us went inside the mall together in the 4+ years that we’ve been a family of four.
My goal as a mom and as a photographer of families with children is to make sure photos exist of our everyday lives. Whether our children are newborns, toddlers, young children, or adolescents -- the time they spend in our homes is precious and priceless.
One day, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take my daughters on a hike at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood, New Jersey. They were so excited! They put on their best dresses (despite my protestations and the rising temperature) and sneakers (thanks to my good counsel), and off we went.
When I think back to my own childhood summers, I have such wonderful memories. The sun, the sand. The parks, the museums. Bathing suits, flip flops. Playing with friends, visiting family. Family vacations and day trips. And, of course, the never-ending excitement that existed in my own backyard.
For the longest time, for all the while I've been living outside of my parents' home, I didn't have any photos hanging on the walls. I remember one time, I must have been about 25 or so, when my friend Kim paid me a visit.
Growing up, my dad used to take my brother Kris and I bowling. Pretty much all the time. I remember so distinctly that the moment you walked into the bowling alley, you were hit with a very familiar smell.
Sometimes we're so focused on taking pictures of our family that we forget to take pictures of our home. I never knew how important this was until I had children of my own, and after searching, I found precious few photos of the home where I grew up. Something happens when we become a parent; we start to think about our own childhood in ways we never really did before having children.
This family asked for photos after their third child, a daughter, was born.
But life kind of got in the way, and the session was postponed. And then someone had the flu, so the session was postponed. And then I had surgery, so the session was postponed. But finally, earlier this year, we managed to find a date that worked, and the stars aligned and everyone remained healthy, and what happened when I arrived can be seen in the photos herein.
It wasn't that long ago that I got a request from a woman I know to photograph her boys at the local skate park. She's said that her boys loved going there to ride their scooters and watch in awe as the "big boys" rode their skateboards.
If you live anywhere near Bergen County, New Jersey, then I have to ask: is today a beautiful day or what? I mean, it's like movie beautiful. It's beach beautiful. It's open the window and smell the fresh air beautiful. I'm not sure they make days more beautiful by this one.
Did you know that I send out a newsletter? It's TRUE! I really do.
Every so often, maybe a few times per month, I'll send out a newsletter. I call it "Love Notes." And I call it that because, quite honestly, I don't like to get junk in my inbox, and I don't want to put junk in your inbox, either.
Every month in 2018, I am participating in a photography project with a group of extremely thoughtful and talented photographers. each photographer makes a series of 10 photos in a single day, and each photographer shares their series on the 10th day of every month. The goal? To tell a story.