There’s only one thing I love more than a nice well organized family photo – a completely chaotic honest crazy family photo.
After years of shooting Christmas card images, newborn babies, families on the beach, perfect little children in perfectly coordinated outfits smiling at the camera with proud parents (and sometimes grandparents!), I’ve decided I feel like I’m doing what everyone else is doing. And if you know me at all, you know that’s not my thing.
One day I was going through pictures taken over two years ago of my little baby girl. She was so cute. So tiny and pudgy. I found a picture of her sitting in her high chair in her pajamas, prunes smeared across her face. Oh how I miss that little girl! Now I have to debate with her about what she’ll eat for dinner. Her pudge is gone. She’s a tall string bean. She has a mouth full of teeth. Pigtails! That one picture brought back so many more feelings than the framed image of my perfectly posed smiling little girl I have hanging on my wall.
So now I’ve chosen a new photography path in my new state. Sunday Afternoon, to me, is when we are all together in our home. Making cinnamon rolls, playing games, reading books, cooking dinner, princess dresses, train tracks, legos… us being us. As a photographer, I feel fortunate to have albums full of images of my little girl learning how to use her hands and take her first steps. I have shots of her sitting on the couch in her pajamas watching Mickey, I have shots of her helping me mix the pancake batter. Pictures of her feeding her cereal to the dog, pictures of her trying to help sweep the floor. And I think most parents would love to have the same, because for me… they are my absolute favorites.
Sunday Afternoon is something I think all parents will understand. It’s not about the day of the week, its not about the time of the day. It’s about being in the moment, enjoying precious time together and capturing the fleeting moments we sometimes take for granted.