A compendium of favorite family images from 2017.
I missed doing this post for 2016 (that’s what having a second baby will do to you), but I’m so glad I scratched out the time to make it happen this year. (Here are 2013, 2014 & 2015). So many of these families I’ve been photographing for years. I’ve photographed their weddings, watched as their newborns became babies, babies became toddlers, toddlers became children, children became adolescents–an arc that has been made all the more meaningful as I travel it with my own children.
Of course I have always done my best to give my clients the loveliest moments to treasure, but being a parent myself has imbued my work with a different sense of meaning, a different sense of urgency. I get it now. A bigger cliche hardly exists, but it does seem like just yesterday that my three-year-old was a baby and now, as wonderful as it is to experience her toddlerhood and all the ways in which she is becoming a full-fledged kid, a part of me will always miss that baby. It’s the strangest thing, the way we know our children inside out, and then the next day or week or month they are completely different and that last version of them gets overlaid with the newer one.
I’ve come to see every portrait session as sacred, because I know what it feels like to flip through five years of previous sessions, moments like flickers of light. I know these kids will be different the next day, practically, and it is my greatest hope that my photographs can give families both a tangible history that will help them remember who they are as well as the joy of nostalgia. And as ever, I’m so thankful these lovely people ask me, year after year, to make photographs for them.