As we head into a long weekend of remembrance, dedications, honors and festivities – for Memorial Day, graduations, summer kickoffs – this session seemed so very fitting to describe the celebration of the ties that bind us together and the roots that truly do grow wings.
I’ve been photographing this exceptional family ever since their baby was just six-months-old and sitting up on his own for the first time. And many times since, commemorating Bar Mitzvahs; the last long (gorgeous!) curls before their youngest son’s first haircut; and milestones in between to capture the stages and ages of children on the move.
Along the way, I’ve marveled at their collective patience neatly wrapped around a laid back parenting style centered on respect, trust and healthy doses of humor, and grounded in the principles of education, faith and life experiences. I’ve watched as they’ve given each of their children solid roots by which to ground themselves with a sense of belonging, all the while offering them wings with which to experience the world with a sense of purpose. As a helicopter mom, there really aren’t adequate words to describe how positively this has impacted my own parenting style. I’m still very “helicopter,” but at least a few times a week, I ask myself, “what would they do?” No lie. And proof that it really does take a village (or at least an annual photo session with the “H” family) to raise a child.
At our family session two years ago, their flock was still living under one roof and their baby still had those long curls. We happened upon an old upright piano just sitting outside an old downtown building … serendipity at its finest given they are musically gifted:
Fast-forward to our most recent session and we found ourselves celebrating the return of their oldest children from international university studies and world travels. What a difference two years makes – they are all taller, more mature, and I’m sure wiser in so many ways thanks to the two they call Mom and Dad.
The colors of this session are as vibrant as their unique personalities and this always, always, always leaves a lasting impression on me. I hope it does for you, too!
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