A couple of weeks ago a few of my sisters-in-law and I were able to go through my mother-in-law’s scrapbook albums. She was the scrapbooking and documenting queen! As I looked at the pictures, I got a glimpse of what was beyond the photograph. She was a young mother once. She struggled with little babies. She had special moments of achievement and shared those with her husband. She wrangled lots of children to dress up when the occasion merited it. She relaxed and played with her babies. All those tiny moments were captured. And years later her grown children and their spouses were able to enjoy those precious moments captured in time.
At first I was so self conscious about posting our recent family pictures pictures because I had just had a C-section a few weeks prior. The dress I had picked out was quite ill-fitting so I had to improvise 15 minutes before our scheduled shoot. Let’s just say that Spanx and several hands went into squeezing in that dress…yikes. However, I had to force myself to look past it and realize- “You just had a baby, woman. You just grew a baby!” Why do we do this to ourselves? Honestly. How frivolous could I be? I know that I will want to remember this time- our first year completed in Seattle, my little Madeleine, my rambunctious 3 yr old, my shy and handsome 4 yr old, my baby who no longer is a baby and my handsome husband and of course the infamous Seattle rain.
These sweet moments were captured by my friend, Nicole, a couple of months ago. In 20 years I will look back on these pictures and remember that it was cold, that I was worried about my baby being too cold, about my kids’ goofy smiles, how my kids loved playing out in the rain and had no cares in the world…. It doesn’t matter that I am a few pounds heavier than I’d like to be nor that I probably look sleep deprived because it’s real life. It’s our life.
I am so grateful that Debra had been captured in so much of their daily life- those moments are special and treasured. I hope that I will be able to capture more day to day moments with my children. I will treasure these pictures even with their imperfections because that is life as we know it- perfectly imperfect.
Nicole is a Seattle based photographer and she is seriously amazing. I love her style, her patience, her writing and she was just so good with my kids. She even brought them donuts! And we found out we are related because she and my husband have the same great grandfather. Small world huh!? She also took our pregnancy announcements last year which I just love. She truly captures daily moments and turns them into treasured moments.