Sisters. As soon as I say that word, I have the song from ‘White Christmas’ in my head… anyone else?? Ok maybe not. I’ll just sing it to myself…
These particular sisters are especially close to my heart for a number of reasons. Partially, simply being that they are the cutest little girls you have ever seen, obviously. Another reason is because they come from another one of our very favorite families.
The R family came from Venezuela just shy of 2 years ago and as soon as they arrived in the states, we became instant friends. We have kids nearly the same age. They have girls, we have boys. The first time we went to dinner at their house, I’m pretty sure we stayed for 5 hours using Google translate to work through language barriers on big words neither of us knew in the other’s language. These people are just the kind of people you want to hang around with.
Their momma is also a blogger and an influencer of people. I’ve done family portraits for them before, but she approached me about doing some portraits of her girls this time. She wanted to be able to share the portraits on her blog and use the photography to highlight her work. Her vision encompasses a lot of things, but she has a primary purpose and focus of bringing value and worth to raising little girls. Can I get an #amen ?
If you take one look at this sweet family, you can see that their children are an incredible priority to both her and her husband. She values each one of her children, 1 boy (a teenager not included in these portraits) and 3 girls, each with their individual talents, giftings and love in life. Being able to observe that alone should encourage people in motherhood.
The day we planned our fine art (or maybe more editorial) children’s portraits, it looked like we were sitting in the middle of a hurricane. I need to say that trying to do fine art children’s portraits alone is a large challenge given that there are, well… children involved. How shall I put this? Kids are… slightly unpredictable. When I work with my engaged couples or my brides, chances are when I ask them to look or turn a certain way, they’re usually pretty good about working with me. However, “working with” seems to be a normal thought process for a grownup (comply with the photographer) but these rules do NOT apply to 3 year olds. At all. Ever. So, generally, the idea of planning portraits with children takes a lot of patience and grace to kind of ‘go with the flow’… add in a hurricane (at least this California girl thought it was) and not one, but THREE children to work with and things get very interesting. 😉
But overall, with lots of spinning and twirling as little girls and random fields should always do, I’m very happy with the portraits. We found sunshine and hopefully captured a bit of what I would consider motherhood to look like. Basically controlled chaos with lots of joy, tons of giggles and maybe a few bribes here or there. 😉
In a month that should be full of thankfulness and family, enjoy.