You know when you have been with someone so long that you don’t quite remember not knowing them?
That’s how I feel about Brooke and her sweet family. At our session last week, I had to try not to think about how sad I am to be leaving Norman, Oklahoma and heading for Glassboro, New Jersey. Though I am so excited for the journey ahead, it is bittersweet to be leaving so many people I have come to love over the last 8 years.
Now, to be completely truthful, I believe 2 years old is THE toughest age to photograph a child. With insatiable curiosity, they want to GO, and SEE, and TOUCH. And when it’s most unexpected something becomes unbearable—you might have bent a flower, or not given milk fast enough, or given a green m&m instead of a yellow one. Or you have melted the cheese too much, or not enough. There is a delicate balance that these little rulers forget to clue us in on. After mothering 3 boys, I am hoping that my daughter’s second year of childhood will be less eventful.
I arrived a little early to scope our location for our session again, even though I have shot there for years and bring all our photo students there for class. The vegetation is always changing. With a plan, we began to explore those spots, and got some sweet images.
Following Sawyer’s curiosity, we explored paths a little until the mosquitos began to attack in full force.
Back to the cars we went for bug spray! Sawyer loved the field of “flowers” in the shade under the tree, and we enjoyed playing there, getting creative with the trees.
Dad is REALLY tall.
He’s also smart.
Being quite fond of Mom, Sawyer wasn’t so keen on being in Daddy’s arms, but Daddy found some branches that only Daddy could help him reach. Then began a little game. Over and over, Daddy would point and Sawyer would reach for the branch, only to have his efforts thwarted by a tickle to his tummy. Over and over again, Sawyer giggling every time.
I have loved seeing these two fall in love and begin parenthood.
My oldest is 9 now, and some days are so tough. But watching Brooke respond with love and patience, I know Sawyer is in good hands.
I just love seeing life in fast-forward, so here’s a few of Sawyer as he’s grown in front of my camera.
I cherish the time I’ve had in Oklahoma and I look forward to keeping in touch. If you want to get in front of my camera, please call me today!
Anyone in need of baby photos in South Jersey? I’ll be there this fall! 🙂 🙂