Forgive me if my eyes are leaking a little over these pictures. It’s been five years since I photographed Haley’s First Communion Photos. Two years ago, it was middle sister Hannah’s turn. And now I can’t believe it’s already baby Emily’s turn. I’ve been photographing Emmy since the moment she was born.
I cannot even begin to explain what an honor and privilege it is to be able to capture so many children as they grow. When I look at Emmy, I see so many beautiful moments as photographs in my mind, and I feel pretty lucky to have been a part of those moments with her.
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Two years ago, I shot Haley’s First Communion Photos. This time, it was middle sister Hannah’s turn.
It’s always emotional for me to photograph special milestones for children I’ve known all their lives. But for Hannah, it felt especially so. I started this journey to becoming a professional photographer by photographing sessions for friends of mine who would ask. It just so happens that Hannah was the very first newborn I ever photographed. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing and if I were able to shoot it over again today, I imagine the photos would look very different (and I hope much better). But most of all, I remember how it felt.
I remember a moment where Hannah’s dad was sitting on a bench and holding her on his lap and talking to her as I photographed. She looked up at him with such wide, loving eyes and it was the sweetest moment. Later, Brian said that he felt that was the moment he really bonded with her. And I was able to be there and capture it in photos. It was really a milestone in my journey to becoming a photographer because it was the first time that I really felt like I was a part of something special, and not just taking snapshots.
That was almost eight years ago, and now here she is looking like a young lady and celebrating her First Communion. I just can’t. Before I know it, I’ll be shooting her prom /graduation/wedding photos. How do we slow down time?
But also, isn’t she absolutely stunning? 💕