My biggest challenge is balancing my work with my time with my boys. I work so that we can go on fun adventures, but sometimes they take a backseat to my work, and it kills me. I want to show them the importance of a strong work ethic as well as the importance of women who work, but I don't want them to ever feel like my work is more important than they are.
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Meeting Shea & Zadie was an amazing experience when I made Shea's maternity portraits. Her open vulnerability and deep calm love helped shape the direction of my work this fall. So, needless to say, I was thrilled to come back and make their newborn portraits.
While I was over, I was struck by the patience, care and intention Shea has with her daughters. She took the time to engage with each of their feelings and tempers with gentle words and touch.
Why would I want a photograph of my child crying? Don't we all want images of our sweet babies being perfect, smiling doll babies?
Sure. It's great to have images of your child looking super happy and loving their little life. Definitely. But as a parent, you know your little angel is not laughing 100% of the day. Some days are hard, some are full of struggles and wails and boo hoo babies. Those need extra hugs, extra snuggles, extra love that only we can provide. Those days are hard now, but as our sweet ones grow up , they turn to our arms less and less for comfort. Those damp, sobbing hugs will become a sweet memory of when we could fix it with a kiss on the forehead and a song.
Personally, I love the crying baby images. There's something extra true and real about them and yes, I make them of my son too. Ou power as parents is limited. We can't take away their sorrows, but we can hug them into feeling better and those days are numbered.