When I first started photography, it took me a little while to find myself and to find my people. People who value what I do, who don’t want perfection, who are up for being open in front of me, and who are just full of love. But this wonderful family was one of the first who really got me. I am so grateful for them. I have LOVED watching them grow – since their oldest was just born! It took me a little while to find myself, too.
They have been so kind to me and so open to my growth as a photographer, and have stuck by me as I realized what I do best behind the camera. I have had the joy of photographing both of their kids’ first years, and some sessions beyond that. So when I first was dreaming up this Year in the Life idea, this family was at the center of my thoughts. They’re the ones I had in mind the whole time as I created it. They’re so amazing about documenting their lives, and they’re great about getting pictures up on the walls. But they’re also super busy between work, school, homeschooling, and activities for their kiddos. So I thought of them as I thought through this idea of five yearly sessions plus personal cell phone pictures and artwork all put together in an album. I really hoped they’d like it. I was thrilled when they said yes to trying it out the first year I did it, 2016! They have always encouraged me on this journey into photography and business, and I’m super grateful for that. Plus, THEY ARE AWESOME! I mean, their oldest wore his special Mondrian tie for this spring Columbus Museum of Art visit, and look at the spunk their youngest throws out there! They love each other fiercely. And they also get upset when dad says no. For their summer session, we ventured back to the natural play area at Sharon Woods. If you haven’t been to one of these Metro Parks Natural Play Areas, I highly recommend it!
I mean, you can just see their personalities here, right? I love it. For their Day in the Life session, we documented some homeschooling. So impressive! When he’s done with homeschooling, he takes his sister back into their special corner and teaches her. He’s a great teacher, and she’s an enthusiastic and wonderful student.
Then come out the dinosaur stamp rewards. YES! Dinosaurs. For their Fall Session, we went to the pumpkin patch at Jacquemin Farms. And their winter session was at home decorating a gingerbread house. Or, in sister’s case, eating the parts of a gingerbread house. Ha! This wasn’t too long after Thanksgiving, so at the end of the session, their oldest suggested we all hold hands and say what we are grateful for. Love it. Stewarts, I adore you. Thank you for trusting me time and time again to document your family doing what you do best: loving, laughing, learning, and teaching! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it, and how much you have encouraged me in this business that I am so passionate about!
If you’d like more of this wonderful family, I definitely suggest their daughter’s first year post. It shows how this family prevails when things get tough! They are truly amazing.