Were you snowed in last weekend, as we were? Snuggling under blankets, watching movies & handing out hot chocolate is great, but nothing beats getting out in the snow and soaking it up for all its worth. Unless you're my two year old.
When I photograph my children, I usually shoot documentary-style. Aside from opening up some curtains & maybe removing a bright red sweater that is staking too much claim in the frame, it is my goal to capture my children as they are, not some idealized version of who a two year old should be. So when my two year old was screaming at the top of his lungs during minute three of being in the snow, it had to be snapped. Because this is who he is at two: lover of warmth & movies, hater of cold & snow. When I look back at this picture at his high school graduation, it will take me back to this moment - back to the time when the only two things that calmed him were his blankie and his momma.
And that is why I love newborn lifestyle sessions in the home so much - those photos have that purpose of taking you back to a moment. When a mom brings out her newborn album a decade from now, she will see that photo of her holding the tiny seven pounder in that rocking chair that saw way too many sleepless nights. It will take her back to a time long ago, but one that is so vivid in her memory - the baby smell, the tiny head, the flaky skin. That is the power of a photographing your family as you are, in your environment.
And that is the power that gets me out to photograph in eight inches of snow, camera wrapped in a Ziplock bag. But be assured, the rest of the Williams clan lived up every minute of our snowed in session. Fur baby and all!
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