When I was a young girl, my mom let me babysit the neighbor’s children while she was home next door in case there was an emergency. As I got older, I began to babysit other children a little further away, and by the time we moved to New York I had children all over the city that I got to visit regularly while their parents went out for a relaxing evening. I fell in love with the kids that I worked with. They wiggled their way into my heart and took up a permanent place there. Even now I often find myself wondering where they are and how they’re doing. Why am I saying all of this? Because it’s been a long, long time since I’ve taken care of any children other than my own. I didn’t realize how much I missed it, until I started photographing children. Suddenly I have tons of children in my life again and it feels like puzzle pieces I didn’t even know were missing have fallen back into place. There is something incredibly rewarding about being around children, playing with them and seeing them smile. It only takes a little while before I fall crazy in love with these kids, and find myself wanting to say to their parents at the end of the session, “can we get together again sometime for a play date?” I’ve never actually asked that, but I really should! After all, I can always pretend that I’m asking for the sake of my own children, who would love a few more playmates. ;)
The two kids from this session really tugged at my heartstrings in a HUGE way and I’ve been thinking over the past few days how much I love what I do. Little Brother and I had a blast, we had pillow fight in the living room and played football in the yard (just long enough for one tackle, though,… it was cold!) Big Sister got out her baby dolls and played dress-up and made me think of all the times, as a little girl, I stood in front of the mirror in my mom’s clothes and high heels and pretended to be “Miss McGoogly” or a thousand other “Misses” all dressed up for tea. It really made me think of how little time I have with my own girls, before they move on to a completely different phase of life and leave their dolls an dress up clothes behind. I’m reminded that I need to treasure these moments with them while I still have them.
I’m so thankful to all the parents who allow me into their home and into the lives of their children. It’s so incredibly rewarding to capture memories, not just for my clients, but memories that I will always treasure as well.
Here are a few, from my recent session with two INCREDIBLE kids…