Erica and I had been emailing back and forth in the weeks before their Day in the Life session. I confessed that I have fallen head-over-heels in love with these sessions, and she sent the sweetest response:
"I have fallen in love too and I have only seen one... I happened to see it right before the girls sat down to eat breakfast and I am looking at my three year old (Laila) : hair falling into her face as she is taking huge bites of cereal- her little feet dangling from the bench she is sitting on and I thought to myself how much I am going to miss seeing her like this in a few months/years, etc."
And that's exactly why I do this. These little moments will be gone before you know it. I don't have any Sonju-nuggets of my own, but I do know I'll document as much as I can when it does happen. Because while posed portraits in the park are fun, and awesome, and just as beautiful, there's something about the REAL moments that happen in and around your home... And I get it, letting a complete stranger with a a couple cameras into your home can be scary, but after my day with Erica, Jarret, Brynn, and Laila, I can honestly say that I've made four new friends.
Ok five new friends, right Oliver?!
Brynn (8) and Laila (3) warmed up to me pretty quickly. After Laila showed that cereal who's boss, it was time to show me the playroom and their favorite toys.
Laila is OBSESSED with fire trucks. She's also the coolest three year old on the planet.
...and Brynn might have a promising career as a photographer. Atta girl!
It's cool Laila. I was STOKED for waffles, too.
Bubbles keep making their way into my DITL sessions. Not mad.
As Brynn showed off her Olympic Gold Medalist Jumping skillz (yes, with a z), Laila started to second-guess her swimming skills. Hey, we all have our off-days, but L was not having any of this jumping business.
^I'm sure all little sisters can relate - that feeling when you know your older sister is eyeing that delicious strawberry frap you just scored...
While I was putting the finishing touches on their images, I kept thinking "man, I kinda miss them!" Funny how I walked into their home around 7:15 am and left eight hours later with a belly full of waffles, frappucinos, and cookies, a couple full memory cards, a clean car (yeah, mine got washed too!) and new friends that I already can't get enough of.
I'm telling you, these DITL sessions explode my heart just as much as yours.