The longer I’ve been working in family photography, the more often people ask me, “So, when are you going to start photographing weddings?” I remember when I was in high school, our youth minister said people often asked him when he’d start preaching at his own church, but he explained that youth ministry wasn’t something he viewed as a stepping stone– it was his passion. Well, every time someone asks me about transitioning out of family photography, I think of that story. I love bellies and babies and can’t wait to get my Spokane studio up and running for newborn sessions. And I absolutely love love, so couples sessions are always a fun treat. But every time I walk away from a family session I leave with a full heart (a scratchy voice, a sore body and sometimes even a small headache) but a really full heart! I guess, it might kind of ruin my point if I tell you that he actually does have his own church now- but then again, it also gives me an out if I ever change my mind!
I love celebrating children and the people who love them. I love connecting with their little souls and becoming buddies before sunset. This sweet family is exactly why I love my job. I loved getting to know mom and dad well enough for them to share their story. I loved hearing all about the tooth that fell out earlier that day. I loved talking about hobbies and sports and school and slowly coaxing their youngest daughter out of her shell so that half way through the session I was getting big hugs and smiles from her.
We planned this family session for the Okinawa Salt Gala, but on my drive over we noticed this beautiful sunflower field just off the side of the road. I quickly texted Gayla and asked if she’d be up for this small detour on her way, and she enthusiastically agreed- so we met in the sunflower field and then caravanned over to the Salt Gala for the rest of the session.
As if I needed one more thing to miss about Okinawa: How do you ever beat ending a summer session with all the kids splashing around? I guess I will find out when we get to Spokane! Looking for a family photographer in Spokane, Washington? I’m now scheduling family photography sessions beginning Oct 1, 2017. Contact me today for more information!