Check out this beautiful family. I photographed them in their Louisville, CO home shortly before Christmas. We chose to meet at home because I feel like kids under the age of three do better at home and Mom agreed.
This family paid me the best compliment, ever. When I talked to Mom ahead of time she expressed that she does not like pictures of herself right away so it would take awhile for her to warm up to her pictures. She warned me that she’d gift pictures of the kids for Christmas but would not send out a Christmas card. I totally, totally dislike pictures of myself at first too (and love them later!) so I totally understood and agreed with her. So I photographed them, sent off their pictures…and a few weeks later I received a Christmas card in the mail with the above picture on it. I’m so glad we were able to get the whole beautiful gang together in a picture.
If you’re reading this you’re most likely a mom – or know one. So you know the struggle between knowing and loving your kids just the way they are and wanting to appear a certain way in the world. I was so impressed by this mom. I’d shown up, she was nervous (having your picture taken and worrying how your kids will come across is always nerve-wracking!) and she was trying to corral the kids into picture mode. Right then one of the girls said “wait! I want a barrette in my hair too!” Moms, we all know this moment. The one where you want to snap “NO! We’re taking pictures now!” but this mom just rolled with it. She kindly and enthusiastically asked her daughter to go get a barrette and put it in her hair for her and her daughter lined up with the family, smiling, having been heard and seen and acknowledged. That patience and grace says a lot about how this mom sees and love her kids unconditionally.
I adore how every one of these girls has gorgeous blue eyes, but everyone’s eyes are different.
This is my favorite of all the girls together: what an adorable pile of eyelashes and love!