This was a nice shoot all away around. Lyndsey has such an animated personality. It showed up beautifully in the photos. Aside from that, it was just fun shooting her laughing with her daughter Ella. Mitchell on the other hand is the strong silent type, but...when he does speak he's SUPER funny. Had me laughing a lot. And there's Ella. What kind I say. She is such a doll. I'm not used to shooting children so young, but she was such a joy. She has great smiles and a great personality. She must get it from her awesome parents. Then there was Lucy. She's the black lab. She almost jumped in the pond that was labeled no dogs allowed LOL but we caught her. She was really well behaved. Not going to lie, I was slightly nervous about shooting ( Taking a picture ) of a dog. Had no idea how it was going to go. Again it went well. Overall it was a nice cozy shoot. I hope I have the privilege of recording more moments like this with them.
So this is my first photo shoot...officially. I think it's safe to say I was nervous all week about doing this shoot. I was afraid I would do a bad job or the pictures wouldn't turn out well. There was all kinds of things running in my head before, during, and after the shoot. BUT...I have to say, I think it turned out really well. I had a beautiful family that was very understanding and willing to drive a little bit to my special location. That made it a little easier. I just wanted to do a good job and I think I accomplished that. Aside from the nerves I'm also inspired. I hope people see my work and are equally inspired. AND...I hope that inspiration leads to clients. Because I think my biggest fear of this endeavor is being a failure to my two boys. I really want to do a good job for them and my family. I think that's every parent's dream for there family. Or at least one of many dreams.
Now I just want to take a second and discuss this particular shoot. It was cloudy which that can kinda be a good thing. The light was very soft. Carlos and Steffan have a little girl, Kaylin. She was so sweet. We had to bribe her with balloons and flower pedals but it worked out. And I along with her parents had to sing some songs too. It helps having kids. You have a better understanding of the world they live in and what makes them laugh. Overall I think the day was a success aside from my fears. I can't thank this family enough for there help and support.
So here's my son Benny telling a story ( With a lil drama ) to his friend Freddy the teddy. It took a little while to get this shot but before we knew it, it was over. Benny was done, so all of us had to move on. The whole experience got me thinking about life. How quick it is then it's over. Not to sound to morbid but it's true. Now with my kids that time is even shorter. Before I know it, they will be gone living there own lives. I made up this rule that I will never say, " I can't wait". We all say it. I can't wait for him to talk, I can't wait for him to see his first parade, etc. We as people are so anxious to have things right now. To savor and enjoy a moment in time almost sounds like a joke. Well...I'm not laughing. I can wait! Pictures help me slow down time or at least I feel like it does. See... pictures can freeze that moment for me.
But that's life. All the little feet running around, your kids pulling your finger and saying, "Walk",. My personal favorite is when Benny is playing in his room as I stand from a distance and just watch him. I can't stress enough how important it is to have pictures. We take them for granted, even I'm guilty of this. We need to stop, we need to slow down, we all need to say " Yes I can wait ", we need to grab our camera and take pictures. To savor moments, to show that we appreciated those moments, to show our kids that the time spend wasn't taken for granted. Why...because, it'll be gone before you know it.
With this being my first blog post of many, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce myself and my vision as a photographer. I am a husband to my wife Jackie and a father to two beautiful ( Can I Say Beautiful LOL ) little boys Benny and Beau. I never thought I would make it to a family man. But here I am. Having kids really changes your views on all sorts of things. For me it was God, family, and overall purpose in life. Not to get to preachy but you hear in church and read in scripture about God loving his children. Holding Benny for the first time and having the honor to be called Dad, it all began to make sense to me. And of course family. Next to God, family is perhaps the most important aspect of my life. It's so precious and important. I want to capture and preserve EVERYTHING. Aside from having Benny in my life, what really drove home this desire to record life would be my Mom. Four days after the birth of Benny, my Mom lost her battle with cancer. Life got Real for me. It's so important to remember our loved one's and the impact they had on our lives. Pictures can accomplish this. Pictures can remind us of feelings that we thought were lost or that funny memory in the backyard when you were a child. We don't think of it but I think we can all agree that pictures can become invaluable artifacts to our family history.
So that leads me to my vision as a photographer. I want to be an instrument for you and your family. I want to help you record your family history. I want to create beautiful pictures that your family can cherish for the here and now BUT also be able to cherish 50+ years from now. When my wife takes a picture of me holding my boys Benny and Beau. I want my grand children and my great grand children to see that kind of love I poured out into my family. See...thats the legacy I want to leave. That's how I want to be remembered. That's impactful and life changing. Pictures will help me do that. They can also do that for you too. And the great thing is, it's never to late to start.