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.
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.
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.
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.
My mornings usually begin with one or both of you in my bed beside me. Sometimes you wake up before me, and I’m roused by your sweet little hands touching my cheek. Sometimes I wake first, and I try to sneak downstairs for a quiet cup of coffee by myself.
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.
This is the second installment of a 10 on 10 project that I'm participating in with a group of extremely thoughtful and talented photographers. Very simply, it's a series of 10 photos that I made on the same day which I will be sharing on the 10th day of every month. My goal is to tell a story.
Some days, girls, I just can’t do it all.The laundry will sit in the dryer or in a basket, not put away. Breakfast might be the carrot cake you sneaked from the fridge and subsequently hid when I came looking, and I was so tired and so focused on getting to my coffee that I pretended I didn’t see. Lunch might be cheese and crackers. Or just cheese. The TV might be on, or the iPad might get unearthed. Dinner might be spliced together with microwaved versions of whatever I found in the fridge. Bath might be rushed and your story might get read faster than you’d like.