“And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!”
Meaghan and Myles are a couple I photographed several years ago during their first pregnancy with their son, Rhett. I remembered them being playful and utterly, unapologetically themselves. When Meaghan asked me to do family photos for their now family of 4, I wondered what, if anything, would be different about their dynamic with two children now in their home.
What I found was not a diminishing or neglect of the love I witnessed several years ago, but an ecstatic, warm expansion of it expressed in each face, reflective of a deep love they had made even more their own.
I entered their home, and heavy metal music was blaring. It made me smile.
Rhett and Elliot were charmingly dressed in outfits inspired by the illustrations from Maurice Sendak’s classic childhood work, Where the Wild Things Are.
They were perfect.
As I photographed, laughed, and chased children with them, I felt my own joy kindled by the wildness of the love each of them embodied.
May you witness, as I did, the many sparks of love and tenderness and playfulness that comprise the bonfire of this family’s exuberant existence.
“But the wild things cried,
“Oh please don't go-
We'll eat you up-
We love you so!” -m. sendak
Lauren and Dave are a profoundly playful and deeply thoughtful couple with hearts of gold. During our session, I was struck by the quiet, tender mutuality of their love--a love grounded firmly in friendship and a steadfast commitment to their faith. It was a privilege to document these final few days before the arrival of their beautiful baby girl, Selah Faith!
The bond that this sweet baby and her mama share is truly special. During our session, Ava rested securely in her mother's love. Below is an excerpt from one of my favorite children's books by Robert Munsch; it hangs over Ava's crib like a blessing:
"A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held her, she sang:
I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be."
Ava, may you be blessed and held by a Love that is bigger than you could ever hope or imagine.
Karen is a woman of confidence and grace—a woman who knows who she is and stands firm in her identity. I was blessed to have the opportunity to take some headshots for her writing endeavors, so we ventured through Seattle one rainy afternoon. Our time together was sweet, creative, and adventurous!
Karen, may you continue to walk in your identity as a leader, encourager, inspirer, and daughter of the King. Much love to you!
It has been so sweet see this family grow and change over the years. To work with a family and witness the birth and growth of children, family reunions, and the quiet intimacy of their day-to-day lives is an honor.
One thing that has not changed with time is their deep, affectionate, playful love for one another.
Fava Family, thank you for letting me take part in the joy you share.
Shelby and Nick, I loved spending time with you and photographing the beauty of your relationship on that windy morning by the sea. May your life together bring you more adventure than you ever thought possible.
"Let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls."
D & T are a couple who have truly found each other. As a military couple, they take no day for granted and celebrate each day together. While we trekked through snow and trespassed a little bit around empty winter cabins, I couldn't help but think about how sweet, how precious, how good it is to find the one person in the world whose hand fits yours in a way that leaves you ruined for all other loves.
D &T , may you never stop celebrating the fact that you have found one another. Happy Anniversary!
Steady as the stars in the woods
And the warmth rang true inside these bones
As the old pine fell we sang
Just to bless the morning."
-b. howard, "old pine"
I fall more in love with this family each time I'm with them. Tim and Taylor have entered the realm of parenthood with unity, patience, and grace. Baby Emerson is a joy, a treasure, a delight. Watching her parents delight over her and in her fills me with joy. Taylor and Tim, may you receive this blessing as you continue your journey as parents:
As a Child Enters the World
As I enter my new family,
May they be delighted
At how their kindness
Comes into blossom.
Unknown to me and them,
May I be exactly the one
To restore in their forlorn places
New vitality and promise.
May the hearts of others
Hear again the music
In the lost echoes
Of their neglected wonder.
If my destiny is sheltered,
May the grace of this privilege
Reach and bless the other infants
Who are destined for torn places.
If my destiny is bleak,
May I find in myself
A secret stillness
Beneath the turmoil.
May my eyes never lose sight
Of why I have come here,
That I never be claimed
By the falsity of fear
Or eat the bread of bitterness.
In everything I do, think,
Feel, and say,
May I allow the light
Of the world I am leaving
To shine through and carry me home.
This beautiful family has become dear to my heart. It has been an honor to follow them through the pregnancy and birth of their youngest daughter, Madeline, and to experience them again through this session a year later.
The Fava family reminds me that togetherness is messy, playful, joyful, frustrating, and deeply tender. As a photographer, the most meaningful moments to me are the moments between poses—the moments that cannot be scripted but only lived. . .felt.
When I capture such moments, my heart thrills. As you view these photos, may you remember to cherish the moments between.
Tye and Donovan reached out to me for a photo session before Donovan left for Alaska with the Coast Guard. From Guam, they told me the story of how they met, fell in love, and followed their dream of moving to the U.S. so Donovan could join the Coast Guard.
This couple embodies playfulness, passion, and steadfastness--to each other and to their dreams. It was an honor to work with this couple who is choosing to sacrifice time together and the security of a risk-free job for the purpose of serving and protecting our country.
Tye and Donovan, I wish you all of the goodness that life has to offer. May your reunion be sweet, indeed!