the second baby. so much of it seems easier this go around. in the same way that your body settled into pregnancy sooner, you are more prepared mentally and physically for the demands of caring for a human life. the rhythm of childhood already runs through your household. the feeling of loving another so deeply and so vulnerably has been a reality every day for a couple of years now. of giving your body and your mind and your spirit over entirely day after every single day. you are familiar with milestones and joys ahead and so the harder moments seem no less difficult but perhaps more fleeting because this time is short and will pass in the blink of an eye and though there may be no sleep and there may be more tantrums this go around there is an ever present knowledge that this season of life is short and so very sweet.
oh man do we love these three. kait and i grew up just miles from each other in the same small town of east tennessee but had never met until our husband's respective creative pursuits brought us to sunny l.a. and what a special milestone to witness, the birth of a first baby, the beginning of a family. we couldn't be more in love with little lewis wolfgang (bangarang name, right?!), and can't wait to watch this little los angeles native grow. also, how stunning is kait especially in those black and white film images? what a classic beauty. thanks for sharing life with us, you three. xo
I love photographing families. it feels to me like the most important images I can be taking right now. documenting these tiny years, these formative days and these irreplaceable relationships. so when a mama contacts me about scheduling a family portrait session, I always push for shooting in the home. I know in the season of wrangling a young family the very idea of having your house documented forever may give some of you a small heart attack, but hear me out.
your home is your space. the place where your lives unfold. it's where you make room for each other, learn to dance around and beside each other. this is where you argue and cry and forgive and love. within these walls you learn and grown and pour yourself out over and over and over again. it's not perfect or always tidy because people are truly living there, enjoying the space fully. in twenty years you won't remember the mismatched curtains or stain on the rug but you will remember the height chart on the wall and the way baby fit just right in the kitchen sink at bath time. I don't care what your home looks like. I can work around the hole in the wall that still needs to be patched and the weird 1970's counter top. in fact, we'll embrace it. it is part of your story and the place where your family thrives. there is beauty in every corner, I assure you.
the space is sacred, for the children it is safe. they belong there, are nurtured there. they are free to dream and imagine and play and run wild. the chance to photograph seemingly mundane every day activities is a priceless one. it's the opportunity to document the real beauty of this stage of life - the giving and sacrifice, the nurturing and the care. the unconditional love that's put into every sliced apple and skinned knee.
book your family session for the month of may and receive the mother's day special : one hour session in your home with online image gallery and the hi-res digital files for $350 (typically $600). travel fee outside of los angeles county may apply. email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.