this session all started with a dad. and a mom who had no pictures with her daughters. john called before mothers day, his wife wanted pictures of their family....documenting the spaces the live in, the girls at play, and life at home as the fuller family. and boy was it fun. they live in the cozy and historic whitland area of nashville, and their home is full of color. vibrance. books. vintage pieces. amazing artwork. and a cultivated family life. its all around them. every nook and cranny filled with love. and you know what's amazing? whitney (mom) never apologized when i walked in the door for the toys, the corners with kid artwork spread out, the casual living room setup with puzzles, library, games, and more that fills their girls daily lives with curiosity and wonder. im guilty of it, the constant need to apologize. when people walk in my home and dolls and artwork and evidence of kids is right under their noses, immediately apologizing for the mess and my life with kids. whitney was a reminder to me to stop doing that. life with kids SHOULD be messy. should be fun. should be colorful. before we know it, the mess will be gone, kids grow up, and we'll miss the colorful family life with little ones.
i don't take the fact that you moms invite me into your homes, your private family moments and spaces. thank you for trusting me to see the life you've cultivated for you family and document those spaces in ways your kids will treasure for the next generation. and then in this preview with whitney yesterday, a tear or two shed when she held prints in her hands with herself and her precious girls. a pinch me moment that she shared with me and i'll never forget.