The goal was to update the gallery wall of family photos. The children had grown so much and were almost unrecognizable since the last time family portraits were taken. The parents, on the other hand, hadn't changed very much at all, but like fine wine, had only improved over the years. There were so many reasons to have new photos taken, but perhaps the most important one was that life with children goes by far too quickly, and that time + moments have a way of slipping away from us if we're not careful. Walking through this family's home, I noticed that the walls + shelves were adorned with photo after beautiful photo of the couple, their girls, and their family. I immediately had a sense that my work that day was very important, and that the memories we were about to create together would be with this family forever. With them forever... Wow, just the thought of it gives me goosebumps.
Part way through the session, a discussion ensued about how life has changed for us as parents since we've had children. We reminisced about how often we used to go out and how much time (+ money!) we spent in restaurants. At one point, someone lamented, "it was amazing -- we used to be SO COOL!!!". I don't know, but these two still both look pretty cool to me. Vous n'êtes pas d'accord avec moi?
Well, my conclusion after a session with a family like this, is that they're all pretty cool. As usual, it was a complete honour to be invited into my clients' lives to capture their memories for them. I truly hope these portraits will find their place among the other beautiful photos in this family's home, and that they'll be treasured... pour toujours!