I feel extremely lucky in all aspects of my life. My kids have really made me look at life much more differently than before I had kids. Each, with their unique personalities, has taught me a whole new way to love. Although having children isn’t a constant walk in the park, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Investing in a decent camera and learning to better understand photography are the some of the best decisions I have ever made. I document my children daily, but I also push myself to continually get more and more creative with that documentation. It is no longer just about taking pictures of that big event and having everyone looking with smiles. It has become more about documenting the ‘real’ stuff; the moments that too soon drift away, the emotion that comes with a new experience, and all the little, tiny pieces of them I never want to forget. Life doesn’t stop and it seems the older I get the faster it flies by. It has taught me to appreciate the everyday stuff; the things that easily go unnoticed and make up who and what we are.
I am often asked how I photograph my kids and the truth is, the best images come from just observing. The more forced the image, the less real it becomes. This has become my take on life. You can try to force as much as you want, but in reality, things are just going to happen and you will always have to adjust according.