People tell me all the time, “I bet your kids get LOTS of pictures!” thinking that my children have a ridiculous amount of photos up on the walls, themed photoshoots every small milestone, etc. And while they probably do have more pictures than the average bear, I have a horrrible habit of missing milestone shoots, putting together actual shoots for my kids (instead of just candids), and also, most importantly, actually PRINTING my photos or showing them off to someone other than myself.
So here we are. A little bragging post of how adorable my kids are. Then again, maybe I’m biased.
A little backstory to this post: I get easily discouraged when it comes to my own projects or ideas that I plan on acting out for myself or my family. I had photographed a client in this AMAZING field of sunflowers, just literally acres of sunflowers, and I thought to myself: I really want to shoot my kids in this field, dangit! So I bought matching outfits (yeah, so what! tell me they don’t look cute!), I packed up a mustard yellow vintage chair I scored at a second hand store, and headed out to the field to shoot at sunset.
All day I kept hyping up “taking pictures with mommy” with my three-year-odl, talking about how I was going to photograph him, asking him how he was going to smile, just really trying to get him excited for it. He isn’t really one for getting his picture taken, and it didn’t seem to really stick. So when I drove to the field and saw the entire thing mowed over, my heart sank. I just sat there parked beside the field, completely disheartened and nearly on the verge of tears (what, I’m emotional, okay?!) and simply decided that it probably wasn’t in the cards for us to do this epic photo shoot I had planned out.
As I was driving away, I heard my little Marshall pipe up in the back seat with a sweet voice, “Are we gonna take peetures?” I told him no, and he was actually (and truly) disappointed. At that moment, I told myself, you know what? I don’t care if there is a field with 5 single sunflowers, or just a barren field with NOTHING. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE PICTURES!
I found a small field with a skimpy batch of flowers, changed the boys, unloaded the chair, and we started shooting away. Afterward, I loaded Maddox back into his carseat, and as I was grabbing Marshall to load him up as well, he asked, “One more peeture?”
My heart swelled with so much love I almost cried. And the picture he wanted? It’s the last picture of this post. I’m so blessed to have my little family. My boys.