Back before Thanksgiving, I made a trip back home to Arkansas. While I was there, I took the opportunity to photograph some of my friends. This family is the sister, et al, of one of my dearest friends. She also had her third baby recently and was so excited to have photos done of their new family of five.
Due to scheduling conflicts, weather, and illnesses, we didn’t get together until right before I was leaving to return to New Jersey. Unfortunately, this meant…weeknight. The dad didn’t get off work until 4:30 and it’s about a half hour to the tree farm from his house, so we were pretty much looking at shooting in the dark. But, not to fear, we forged ahead armed with a speedlight and high ISO settings and made beautiful memories for this beautiful family.
I absolutely love the amazing color and texture that the christmas trees add to these images. Late fall/early winter can feel so drab and lifeless, but this was really a magical spot. We can’t thank Motley’s Tree Farm enough for allowing us to do this quick dusk session as not only were they not even open for the season, but they were getting ready to head home! So, special shout out and thanks to them. If you live in the Central Arkansas area, be sure to check them out for their Christmas trees this year, and check out their pumpkin patch! We used to get our trees and pumpkins from them when we lived in Arkansas and they have an amazing selection!
One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to take the time to capture my own family more frequently. With my real camera. Not my phone. All too often, it is so easy to just lift that palm sized camera while scrolling Facebook and grabbing a quick snap. But, sadly, those photos don’t print all that well and with my sweet littles always on the move, I don’t always catch the moment before it’s gone. I’m hoping to stay on track with printing these and putting them in an actual photo album for them to look back on over the years. My last trip home, I brought back a photo album and a box of photos from my childhood. It was amazing to look back on those memories and to see so much of my children’s faces in my own and in the faces of my loved ones.
This was a random Thursday morning. My middle child is currently obsessed with her Elsa PJs. My oldest child couldn’t be less interested in clothes. And my youngest is still in that “lump on a log” stage. (but not for long…she’s 6 months old as of the day these were taken! ) The kids were playing in the dining room when I started skulking around the house with my camera. My son was crushing kinetic rocks, while sitting on top of the dining table, naturally. My daughter disappeared into her room, where I found her making me all sorts of delicious food in her kitchen. The next thing I know, we were having a full on photo shoot day! Both of the older kids got their cameras out. My son focused his attention on capturing me or the dog…whomever was the most amicable subject at the time. My daughter, clearly on her way to being a newborn photographer, started snapping photos of her doll in the stroller. Meanwhile, the baby kicked and babbled in the crib watching us with wide eyes. I can already see the love of this art forming for her as well.
As you can tell…this was all so spontaneous that my daughter’s room is a mess. And that’s ok. That’s real life. One day, I’ll miss the toys and the footie PJs strewn across the floor. And lucky for me… I’ll have this day to return to again…when my babies were content to take photos, crush rocks, and make their mama yummy plastic snacks.