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It was brave, I know.  Inviting me into her home for hours to shoot very honestly and “in the moment”.  But Angelique jumped on board with the idea, even though with three boys in tow, neither one of us knew what to expect.  I think we both expected some giggles, some cries, some awkward moments of discipline, and of course, all the fun of bringing up boys.  THREE boys.  But I hoped for more – I simply couldn’t put my finger on it.  I hoped for the chance to give something back.  I hoped to create a treasure that day that held a value beyond the digital images on a screen.  And then Angelique posted this about the session:

Oh, how I wish I owned a video like this of my mom when she was a twenty-something mama.  I get to show this to my boys one day.  And not only that, but I get to watch it as many times over as I want too! Just for my own viewing pleasure.
I’ve never seen myself like this.  I’ve never watched myself be a mom.  And now that I have this, I wish every mom would have a ‘day in the life’ video.
One thing this video is doing for me is making my hard days better.  When I watch it on a hard day… a day where I question myself as a parent… a day when I ask myself what the heck I’m doing wrong… a day when I just want to call it quits… it reminds me that I’m doing something right.  Gosh, we all need those little reminders every once in a while.  How nice that I have one right at my fingertips.
People have said to me, “Oh I don’t think I could do that kind of shoot…  Have someone in my home following me around with a camera.”
You can do this, friends.  Invite Gabrielle into your home and let her work her magic.  Let her capture you in a way you never thought possible.  She’ll do it.
Us moms are doing big things.  We don’t see it all when we go through the motions day after day but we’re raising boys and girls and it’s hard and tiring and trying but it’s good stuff.

That.  That was what I was looking for in the end.  That is one of the reasons I love this.  There has never been a type of session that has ever fully embodied my greatest passion for running a photography studio like A Day In The Life session.  My tagline is “Your Story Is Now” but it goes far beyond that.  Each choice I make in my portrait business all filters through one qualifier – will this make her cry?  Now, don’t lose me… Let me explain.  When I plan a shoot, I pour everything into it – time and energy and creative planning and strive to never create the same-old.  But that doesn’t mean I am trying to create something so out of the box it doesn’t make sense to anyone.  Instead, I need it to mean something, everything, to one person – my client.  The person who reached out in the beginning to invite me into their lives with a camera.  The soon-to-be bride, the mother of three boys.  In the end, I need to give something back to them that speaks into their lives “This is precious.  This is important.  What you are doing here holds weight and value beyond what you see in the day-to-day.  This is worth photographing.  This is your story.  And its not up ahead, its not behind you, its right now.”

 

Thanks Angelique, and Mario and Rocco and Roman.  Thanks for the trampoline jumps and the story time, the apple slices, and the bike rides.  Thank you for the moments I was allowed to peak into your life and capture something so honest and sweet.

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