How is it that my favorite image of the entire mini session event is the one that is uplanned, unposed, and unprepared?
This is Kristina Thomas. A mommy of three beautiful girls who is just about to celebrate 1 year post breast cancer.
I asked her to help me the day of the minis which benefited Susan G Komen. And her girls were the last ones I photographed that day. She came directly from her walk in the race for the cure with no intentions of being in the frame.
She had not picked out a perfect matching outfit. She had not dieted that week. She had not touched up her makeup or had her hair done or worried about what shoes would be right or if they would be in the photo.
Ask her now if that mattered.
I asked my mom this week what photo of her and her mother was her favorite, her most cherished. She knew immediately. It was one that was taken a just a few years before my grandmother had passed away. She had just worked in a cafe grilling hamburgers not looking her best, hair up and even a bit sweaty. But they are together. And happy.
What will your kids say?
This week I have an awesome friend coming from L.A. to photograph my own family. This is what has me thinking about my own insecurities about being on that “other” side of the camera.
25 years from now…when I look back through all my photographs, what will I want to remember? Hopefully, I will be that person that sees through what we were wearing, or what we looked like, or if there was a bump on the head, or a double-chin…and just see the beauty of those years when we were parents to 2 awesomely unique little boys who filled each day with craziness and laughter and meltdowns. Yes, I want to be taken back to that day. Where we like to snuggle and kiss and hug and play and wrestle. This is why I am a photographer…and I type this to remind myself.
love raye xo