Being able to be around when life is so fresh and new is so, so magical. Birth photography and these Fresh 48 sessions really are my favorite to photograph. The excitement and new moments of welcoming in a new little person into a family. Here’s a glimpse into one from back in September, big sister was just a little bit excited to meet her new sister.
My sweet Violet. She just turned two this past month and I realized this week that I don’t have many photos of her (compared to her sister anyways). I’ve found it so fascinating to watch her little personality develop. Her personality is so different from her sisters, more than I could have imagined before she was born. So very different, but also so similar in some ways. I love watching this little girl grow and recognize each day how unique and incredibly beautiful she is.
I think in our home, it is so easy for the second child to get lost in the shadow of the her sister’s loud and bubbly personality. Maggie’s personality isn’t bad, it is actually very good, but it’s louder than Violet’s. So I took some time and sat with Violet while her sister was at preschool. We sat in the bedroom and I watched her play with her animals, which are her favorite thing right now. She holds all the animals up to me and growls for each animal sound except the pig, who has a very faint oink! She daintily lines them up, one by one and then gathers them and throws them in the air. We played doll house and “eekapoo” with her blanket. Followed by giggles and more “eekapoo” and her declaration of a napless day. Which on this day, was just fine with me.
I encourage you all to take time to unplug with your kiddos. It’s so incredibly awesome being a parent and also so stinking crazy how fast time goes by. I sometimes feel like technology is robbing us of real memories, even though we are trying so desperately to preserve them with our gadgets. (me included). So go! Play! Just be with your people.
I’ve gotten to photograph this family a few times now, this year with the new addition of Jax. We had been trying to schedule a session, but between cold/rainy weather, sickness and differing schedules, we had a difficult time getting them done. Rachel, really wanted to take photos outside, but with the weather strikes we were having, we weren’t having any luck. So because we live in North Dakota, we jumped at the opportunity on a day that was in the low 40′s, and we decided together to do them at their home. I had been gently encouraging her to try an in home session for a while and she told me she was super apprehensive about it. After delivering her images, she told me she was so thrilled with the outcome and to have these photos of their family in their first home.
I truly believe that these images will be treasured for a long time. There is something so special about having photos of you and your family in a place where you share the most memories. Something so special about where you brought your babies home to for the first time, where your toddler always spilled her snack, where you grew and were stretched as a couple, where you struggled, where you lived and where you loved. Home is where you are, right now. Home is who you are with, right now. Home is beautiful.
It’s that time again, time for some unplugging. I’m glad to report that it’s a lot easier to unplug when you actually take time to recognize how much time you spend plugged in. This month has been a crazy one with finishing up the summer season, traveling and more, that I actually spent a significant amount of time away from the girls. So tonight, we took some time and got all halloween-ee up in here. It was the first actual pumpkin carving for Maggie and Violet, because we’ve always painted them up to this point . Let me tell you, I’ve never seen so many emotions around a big orange vegetable (fruit?). Oh my goodness, the reactions truly are the best part.
PS-we did in fact make a Minnesotan pumpkin that looks like Christmas. Pine trees and bears, oh my.
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