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I had the great privledge of photographing another family’s daily life. They asked that I not share photos of the children which I completely understand. I did however, ask permission to share this photo and the mother’s words, as it is the exact reason why I LOVE these shoots so very much!

“Our house is noisy and the kids are everywhere. Each space, they make it their own. They arrange and rearrange their stuffed animals, concocts potions in the sinks and make tents and drawing spaces. Our house, our bodies, and our minds are all taken up by them. My kids are extraordinary. In their school or somewhere else, their deficiencies are constantly being pointed out. But here they can be wild, quirky and be themselves. In a few years they will change and start doing their own thing. I will always be missing them as they were at these ages.

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As passionately as I feel about my Daily Life sessions, I haven’t yet done one of the girls. So I took some time yesterday to photograph a snipit of us…and of course, I am swooning over this video I put together. Because as I just recently posted, sometimes our life is messy…beautifully messy.

I also want to boost the amount of these that I am photographing because they make my families happy. And that makes me happy :) SO happy. If any of you beautiful people book a daily life session before the New Year, I will put together a video of your session like the one below for free!! And come on…who doesn’t love free stuff?!?!?!

This is our beautiful mess…

 

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About a year ago, I announced that I was going to start photographing Daily Life Sessions. Some of you may be familiar with what these are and some may not. But Y’all (yes, somehow I adopted a Southern accent), I’m here to tell you that these sessions are WHERE IT’S AT!!!!!!! For Oh, so many reasons! I’ll break it down for you in case you’re not quite sure…

Some days I feel as if I could conquer the world. That I magically (emphasis on magically because it doesn’t happen as frequently as I think it should) got uninterrupted sleep, and I wake up with all the patience and love out there. I wake the girls up with quiet kisses and backrubs, and they both wake up smiling and happy. I proceed by making them a wonderful breakfast of homemade waffles, get Maeve to school on time (which actually, isn’t an easy feat for me), and spend the perfect amount of one on one time with our younger daughter before her afternoon nap. Somehow, I even manage to squeeze a workout in, and then get Maeve from the bus stop after school and make a wonderful dinner with lively conversation at the table. Then it’s bathtime where minimal water gets dumped out of the tub, and Aoife doesn’t poop while holding on to the washrag bar (not even sure that’s what it’s called, but I think you all know what I’m talking about). Then they seemlessly drift off to dreamland after storytime.

Riiiiight……..

Sure, somedays when the universes are all aligned perfectly…that happens. But most days…MOST days are filled with Crap, we overslept. Rush, rush, rush. And Oh man, I don’t have it in me to cook a meal tonight with a screaming 1.5 year old running around naked (because we decided now is a good time to potty train) and hoping she doesn’t poop on our newly reupholstered chair/holding that screaming 1.5 year old because no one else is quite like mama. And yes, fishing out her poop from the bathtub while her and her sister dangle from the washrag bar screaming “PoooooP!!”

But this is it…this is my daily life. And when I think back on my life, I want to remember these raw moments that filled our house with so much beautiful noise. Because I can guarantee that I will miss it. The cooking every meal while holding Aoife on my left hip, the daily rounding of socks scattered around the house (how two small girls manage to pull most of their socks out daily is beyond me), Maeve literally climbing the walls, the lego boobie traps, finding toys in the laundry because they think it’s fun to throw random stuff down the laundry shoot, finding the remote that we had been missing for months in one of their many bags, and how David will lay on the rug and let the girls climb him like a jungle gym, and how he cooks the most wonderful meals for us when he is home, so that I can just play with the girls, and┬áMaeve calling me by my new nickname of Muchanchi and stroking my hair, and yes…I hate to say it, but I think I’ll even miss how cute they look dripping wet both hanging from that bar because there is poop floating around in the bathtub. This is my messy but oh, so beautiful life.

And while I absolutely still love my other shoots that project that all the universes have aligned…the Daily Life shoots are what makes my heart sing. Because this messy life is what we will want to remember. Because after I put Aoife on the ground after she intentionally fish hooked my mouth with both of her hands and all those tiny fingers, she saw that it hurt me. And she tried climbing up my legs and apologized about 10 times and gave me lots of kisses. And I want to remember that…even though it wasn’t pretty.

So…what am I asking you is to trust me and let me in to that beautiful, messy life of yours. Because I promise and you already know that you want to remember what made your life…yours. And this isn’t just for people with children! This is for anyone out there that wants to just pause for a moment in their Daily Life, and have it documented so you can remember. Maybe it’s the way your significant other always pours you coffee in the morning, or how they know that you like to always snuggle on their right side, or maybe it’s as simple as just being present in the same room where there is no pressure for conversation. Whatever it is that makes up your Daily Life…I want to be a little fly on your wall.

Until next time…

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