a big challenge

This morning I ventured down the street with my own children and attempted an official shoot. I am still processing the morning and trying to weigh my expectations with reality. In truth, I got some great images of the girls. And if that’s how I were to measure the morning, it would be considered successful.

But the other word to describe the morning…stressful. The hardwood floors refinishers arrived early this morning and the loud machines got on my nerves as I packed for our two night hotel stay. Estella was great in the beginning, but fell on her bottom half way through and was really, really grumpy after that. Adi wanted to eat wood chips, refused to stand, and kept coming towards me for the camera.

I suppose I could have picked a better day to do the session. But then again, I don’t think there is a ever a perfect day or perfect moment to take pictures. And that’s exactly why we need to keep taking them. Whether it’s a formal session or a quick ones on the way to the grocery store. The magic of photography is capturing the small moments in a great big life. If we keep waiting for the “perfect” day, we’d never pick up the camera.

  1. I agree completely. I’ve started taking more “good” (i.e. not camera phone) photos of my boys this summer, because I realized I had tons of photos but not nearly enough of the little men who really are my whole world.

    I think these photos are lovely.

  2. Beautiful!! Hang in there, Mom!!!

  3. I agree with you 100%. There is no perfect day, no perfect time but the moment you are living. From looking at your pictures, some of the best shots are the moment in the park, in the forest preserve, in the house, just as they happen. Those two pics are beautiful, but again, you have two adorable girls!
    Please keep taking more pictures and thanks for sharing them with us!