Sacramento Family Lifestyle Photographer | A Visit to California
“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very exciting happens, but those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
This session was so very special to me and I don’t think my words can really show how much it meant to me. This sweet gal contacted me months ahead of her trip with her son from the East Coast to California to visit her sister. She had found me on google, loved my art, and just wanted me to capture one of their days at her sister’s house. She often has a photographer take pictures of her and and her son in her home town and realizes what treasures and gifts they are, so she wanted to make sure this vacation was documented as well. What I loved about her immediately was that she expressed that she wanted real-life pictures, the kind with dirty fingernails and skinned knees. I was sold. These are the details that are part of childhood and life and they tell such a beautiful story. It was an honor to be asked to tell theirs.
Once I arrived, I was greeted with hugs and so much love and warmth. Mom introduced me to her son and I got to spend the afternoon with them. It was absolutely beautiful to watch this mother take so much joy in the simple things and just let her son be a kid. She was so attentive to him, answering all of his curious questions and making sure he was getting the most of out their time there. She didn’t restrict him from taking off his shirt or getting dirty. They hunted for lizards, spent time with the horses, swam in the kiddie pool, and his aunt and uncle put up a special birdhouse dedicated to their sweet dog who passed away earlier in the year.
I went away from this session feeling like these people understand life. They aren’t trying to create “pinterest perfect” moments, but rather they are present and allow life to unfold. They take joy in the small things, go with the flow, take opportunities to see with new eyes and to teach, and they love each other deeply. I’m hoping they come back next year and we can spend another afternoon together.