Being a parent means wondering all the time if you are doing anything right. It just goes with the territory. The problem is, it takes years to actually get the results. And by the time they are grown, if they are awful, then you have the rest of your life to beat yourself up.
But most of the time, the very ones who wonder if they are doing anything right, are doing it exactly right. Because we are doing it the best way that we know how.
Parenting: Doing stuff the best way that you know how; covering bases; putting out fires; love and other stuff
Go ahead, look it up for yourself.
I like to document the moments of life with pictures. My kids will never be this age again. They will never have this exact experience again. So I take pictures. A lot of them. Oftentimes to my kids annoyance. But annoying them is just a bonus.
Sometimes though you need to be a part of the story. Raising your family is a long, beautiful story. And you are a cast member with a starring role. You are Mom. Mommy. Mother. Unless you are Dad. Well, you get my point.
I reached out to a photographer friend. I had known Crystal for years. She used to be the mom who always had a camera with her. Documenting various events and celebrations. But she was very good at it, so her hobby turned into a business.
I supposed anyone can learn to operate a fancy camera. Well, except for maybe me. Those lenses seem a little intimidating. But it takes a lot more than that. It takes an eye. A special eye. An eye that sees beauty in things that most people don’t. An eye that knows the exact moment, that is the right moment. And then a memory is created. Then a story is woven.
I am just going to leave this right here. Because you are going to want to check her out.
Crystal Freemon Photography Blog
And then this. Because your are probably going to want to book her.
Crystal Freemon Photography
You are welcome. Now back to my story.
I won’t even go into the details of getting ready for the session. Or should I say photoshoot? Because photoshoot makes us sound way more fancy. We are the opposite of fancy. But this is my story. So that day, we had a photoshoot. And a fancy one, too.
I had painstakingly and strategically chosen outfits for six people. I had demanded clean faces and decent hair. We had not had one of these done in years and every thing was going to be perfect.
I hear you laughing.
We all arrived at the place and Crystal was there waiting for us. She was already smiling. I guess she loves a good challenge. Or she is a glutton for punishment.
Crystal told us basically that this was going to be the photosession-less photosession that we had ever been a part of. In other words, do your thang and I will be over here with my camera.
Let’s be real. As a woman, we are just trying to not look fat and bewildered. Hoping that more times than not, she gets our best side. Which ever side that is. And that the photographer is down with photoshopping.
I was demanding that people stop being silly and Crystal was capturing real life moments.
You see, a photo session is not about being perfect. Or beautiful. Or even put together. My kids had their shoes off for almost the entire shoot. A good photographer doesn’t care about any of that stuff. She is much too busy. She is with you, on your journey. If only for just a little while.
Crystal, I just want you to know that you not only captured the essence of my family, but also a piece of my heart. As I reflect on these pictures, they absolutely take my breath away. We are forever frozen in time. And nothing, absolutely nothing can take away.
As an aside, do you keep digital copies anywhere just in case I accidentally delete all 314 pictures? Nevermind. I am sure I wouldn’t do something so irresponsible.
(We’ll talk later.)