I woke up the other day and the realization hit me that my oldest child is now 36 years old. My mind was kind of blown. I honestly don’t know how that happened. It seems like it was only yesterday that I was teaching him how to feed himself, paying him 25 cents for every time he came home from school with his shoes tied and taking him and his buddies on cub scout outings. I kind of remember that he got interested in girls, went to a prom or two, then we went on a trip to check out college campuses that was a lot of fun, but everything beyond that seems to be a blur. Oh, and did I mention that I also had another child somewhere along the way who is now 32. Oh my gosh, how is that even possible??! It is often stated that the days are long, but the years are short, and I believe I know exactly what that means now. We get so busy with the day in, day out trying to get through life that we feel like we are losing track of the things that are the most important to us in this world … our family! The expression “I blinked and they were grown” has never rung more true!
Here’s the thing … I know I’m not alone in this terrifying feeling of having time slipping away, because I get phone calls from moms about this all the time! Yes, of course we do family photography, so photographing the little ones is pretty much a given. But there’s something very special to me when I get the phone call from the mom who says “Please photograph me with my children one last time, before they start leaving the nest.” There is a beauty and a pain in that inquiry that is so familiar because it speaks right to my heart. Often these calls come right around Mother’s Day and the moms will tell us that the only thing they want for Mother’s Day is to be photographed with their children. I adore these kind of shoots, because the children are usually really, really cooperative because they know how important they are to the mom.
Sometimes the requests are not quite so direct, but we still catch the sense that the mom in the family is mentally preparing for her grown children to graduate high school and go off to college. We love capturing the family in this stage because we know this is a beautiful memory of the core family right before the graduations, and the moving and the marriages start happening! Families generally start to change shortly after this point in time, and capturing the family at this phase is a wonderful way for mom to “hold on” to her family.
Sometimes, the request will be a little bigger and is more along the lines of “Our family has gotten so big and we FINALLY got them all together in New Orleans! Can you come out and capture us all together?” Oh my gosh, these kind of requests are just the best! We get to photograph the entire family, and at the center of it is a beautiful mom, now grandmother, who is so amazingly proud and filled with love!
In spite of how it feels, we’re not really sure whether blinking really makes your kids grow faster! But we do know for certain that whether you want it to happen, or not, children grow up and families change and grow! There’s only one sure way to be certain you hold onto what matters most, and that is to capture your family in all its beautiful stages in photos. Taking regular family portraits will ensure that you remember your family where it is today, and that you will leave a legacy for future generations! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about scheduling a family portrait. Contact us today about scheduling your family session, or about purchasing a gift certificate for your mom for Mother’s Day! We’d love to blink-proof your family!!
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