This image is the type of photography I live for! I love a good portrait, but I think the details are where it's at. Why? Because I remember the details of my son as a baby more than any other part of him. I remember the rolls on his thighs and the way they felt squished between the tips of my fingers. I remember the way he cried and the way he laughed. I remember how the size of his head felt in the crook of my elbow. I remember his pudgy lips and the wrinkles on the bottoms of his feet. I remember tracing my finger along his chubby cheeks and over his coarse tiny eyebrows. For some reason I can't remember anything else until he was about 4 months old. Maybe it's because up until that point they just eat, sleep and poop, there's nothing monumental to note. Or I could just have a horrible memory.
Every time I do a session I try to keep those memories of my son in the back of my mind. It's not just for newborn sessions either. I like to photograph all my family sessions with the intention that the little things really do matter like an occasional embrace from a teenager or mom painting her daughters toes for the first time. It's done commonly in wedding photography too, but is often forgotten during family sessions. Kids go through changes so fast that I feel it's my duty to capture all those tiny things at every stage of life.
If you follow me on Instagram you know that I posted this image with a poem. It's a short poem and it relates to the details.
Memories are about the detail.
Many say the small things don’t matter,
But when they do they leave a trail.
Like a shooting star in the dark
And they fade from our minds
If not captured in our hearts.
I bet you didn't know you I am a wanna be poet, haha. So instead of showing you a bunch of portraits from the session I thought I'd just show you the details as a fun change of pace. I want to know if this is something you think about as a photographer or just a mom who takes pictures of her kids? Would you want these as a part of your session?
Do you want to know the best thing about family portraits? It's definitely the love between the members. Fortunately, I have had the privilege of having amazing families for all my sessions so far, especially the Divelbiss family. They are so sweet and beautiful they make what I do look really easy, plus the siblings love each other. From what I could tell the boys really loved their new baby sister. They were giving her hugs and being very gentle with her. They also were listening well (maybe it was mom's bribes, but I like to think they are still amazing kids) and following directions. Of course, at times there was some wiggling and energy that needed to be spent, but mom and dad were extremely patient and you could tell by the expression on their faces that, even though they were being naughty, mom and dad still thought they were being cute. You can tell by all their smiles that they love each other and have extraordinary amounts of fun together!
Families are like fudge, mostly sweet, with a whole lot of nuts!