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?
Families are like fudge, mostly sweet, with a whole lot of nuts!