Henry recently turned one, and boy was he happy about it! This sweet boy had so many smiles for his mom and dad, and even though it was a buggy evening, they couldn't slow him down. Happy first year of life, H!
I've recently been taking the time in my sessions to find the details. I love the feel those images give. As I've watched my kiddos go through two years of life with me, I start to think back to all the times I've kissed those chubby little fingers and toes, tickled those plump bellies, and--I hope this doesn't sound weird--nuzzled my face into the softest heads of hair. I mean, my son had silk for hair for a good year, and I just remember every night as I cuddled him and his sister, I would touch my cheek to his head.
These are the things I want to know about the families I meet. What are those details--those things about your little ones--that you just love? I want to capture that, to freeze it in a photograph, so that memory stays with you.
My hope is to capture bits of these little details in all my sessions, and I love it when families share which ones are most meaningful to them before the first picture is taken.
About a week ago I got to be a part of something really special. My very dear friend (and hairstylist!) Jenna was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Through the emotional roller coaster of chemo, what do you do when your hair starts to fall out? You have a haircutting party with your friends, of course! One of her best friends also shaved her head that night in support of Jenna. Complete with string lights, lots of wine and pizza, a salon chair, and so many good friends, the backyard at Brent & Jenna's house was buzzing.
I was so thankful to be a part of this night. It is what I love to do: capture these important moments during this life. Cancer is not a beautiful thing, but our love for one another and the deep intimacy a painful diagnosis brings out in our relationships are so beautiful.
If you're interested in more of Jenna's story, check out her blog at jennaslemons.com. It's totally worth the read.