This one, she belongs to me. We made another trek out to the orchard late last week, with a little promise of dinner out my daughter Grace tagged along. It’s been a few months since I’ve taken some images of her so this was the perfect opportunity to grab a few new ones. While we focused a lot on the little ones, I did take the time to grab some of Gracie. She’s growing so quickly, there’s a good chance she’ll pass me up soon. It’s hard to believe she’ll be in 5th grade in the fall, when they say time flies they aren’t lying. Babies grow up to be toddlers, toddlers grow up to be children, children grow to be tweens, tweens migrate into teenhood and eventually you have young adults on your hands. I know I can’t stop time, but with the thousands of pictures I have of my children I’ll always be able to look back and remember the moments.
If there is one piece of advice I can give you it’s take your camera with you. It’s easier now than it was 10 years ago, because nearly everyone has a cell phone and so many of them have fairly decent camera’s attached. You won’t be able to blow those images up for the walls but they’re great for the photo albums and scrapbooks. If your cell phone camera isn’t great (my 1st generation iPhone camera is really bad), invest in a cheap point and shoot to leave in your purse, car, diaper bag etc. Every day moments are the ones you’ll cherish down the road, you’ll want to remember your child climbing up the ladder for the slide, or chasing the dog through the yard, peering at you through the badly fingerprinted plastic bubble at McDonald’s playland. I encourage you to think of these things when scheduling your portrait session too. Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer to come to your favorite park to capture images of you child playing, or to your home to get portraits of your child in their room, or taking a nap, what about on Grandma or Grandpa’s lap listening to a book being read to them. I wish I had taken more of those images while my babies were still babies.
Grace 10 years 5 months.