I do a lot of weddings and couples. So when I get to capture a little family, Its always special. I don’t look at families in the same way a lot of my photographer friends do. Most of them look at the photos and think to themselves, this is precious, I would love to have photos of my children like this, and they relate to the parents, the loss of time they are about to experience, they focus on tiny hands and feet that will grow in a blink of an eye. They are parents and they understand the fleeting moments through the eyes of a parent.
I approach a family much differently. I don’t have children. I’m still my Mom & Dad’s little girl. I mourn the lose of my childhood. I aim to capture the importance of time to the child. When I could fit on my Mom’s Lap, how she used to pet my hair. When I was small enough for Dad to carry my out of the car when I had fallen asleep. One thing about not having children, is hanging on to your own childhood with both hands. I still remember the days the Mom & Dad were giants next to us.
This session really resided with me when they brought their classic family car. Memories of sitting in the back seat of the families 89 Jimmy came rushing back. How I miss the days of all 5 of us squished into one car, forced to play and talk with my siblings. These old cars didn’t have Dvd players & we didn’t have cell phones to play on. We talked for hours driving to lord knows where. playing car games, quoting Jeff Foxworthy bits, listening to Dad’s singing, All cracking up over our secret inside jokes.
Don’t just think about life through your eyes as a parent. Your children will cherish these memories in the years to come.
Also….Never Forget the Dogs.