Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear
Your head like the golden-rod
And we will go sailing away from here
To the beautiful land of Nod.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Life is full with tactile luxuries in a household with babies and young children. But while in the midst of these bleary-eyed days it can truly feel as if ones body is not ones own. A breast needs to be offered, arms to scoop up a crying toddler, legs to chase a child speeding out of sight, a lap for the bedtime story. So much physical contact can at times be overwhelming and certainly fatiguing.
I love most to capture these everyday moments for my clients though, because I’m acutely aware that they will not last, and the season of constant cuddles will one day be longed for. So while I understand that many clients desire pretty pictures of their families impeccably dressed and smiling for the camera, I encourage portraits of honest intimacy. Even if they don’t realize it initially, these will be the treasured photographs. The images that are not really about what you see, but what you feel when you look at them.