Some of my favorite models are now moms, which is wonderful. Watching little ones grow from infants through childhood is amazing and reminds me of when my boys were small and infectious and into everything. Scheduling with a mom is difficult, though. There are work schedules, kids’ schedules, spouse schedules, extended family schedules, hobbies, and side gigs and by the time it all adds up, finding a couple of hours for me to invade someone’s life is rather difficult.
It’s been years since I’ve had one-on-one time with Anneliese in front of the camera and getting this session in the books required keeping my bags packed and ready to run out the door in an instant. Well, not quite. We planned and this was the morning that didn’t get interrupted by either of our schedules.
With all that busy-ness in our lives, finding some quiet time to one’s self isn’t easy. Outside on the back porch is nice for a moment, then the sun shifts and becomes blinding. Shift to the dining room, and that’s nice for a while with cooler light and perhaps a moment to read, but that doesn’t last long, either. Move over to the sofa where little Levi demands some attention.
The tonal shifts from one place to another are extreme. Rather than fighting it, though, I opted to cross-process everything and revel in the color. I also fought off the instinct to take everything black and white. We’ll do that another time. Hopefully, what we ended up with is a set of photos that capture the momentary peace and calm before Anne had to be up and running again. The time window was small.
I’m reminded, though, that this is life for almost everyone at one point or another and if we don’t take these opportunities to stop and take a few pictures time all too quickly passes by and we’ve nothing to remind us of who we were. Even if we have to squeeze the time between other obligations, it’s worth that extra bit of effort to capture the memories.
And Ali, don’t think for a moment I’ve forgotten you.
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