When it would be so easy to cancel but we didn’t….
It was the first day of sunshine after the massive floods in Townsville. Even those who’s homes were unaffected were still effected because our hearts broke for our town and the thousand and thousands who had lost everything. Life was so unsettled and cancelling our in home family session would have been easy. But, Naomi had planned and booked these family photo’s last year. I knew she was looking forward to them, as was I. We had chatted on the phone, we had text and we emailed. I felt like I knew her family before I even got to meet them in real life. We decided to go ahead with family photos.
It was such a gift to my heart spending the Saturday afternoon with Naomi, Drew, Sophie and KC (the very loved fur baby), I melded into their family and became one of them. That is a true blessing with any family and perhaps even more appreciated when you are photographing teenagers.
Spending time with these three (four including KC) I quickly saw a beautiful respect and love that Naomi has for her children and vice a versa. The live well as a team and as individuals. Things that really matter are prioritised. Each of them is what matters. Making memories is what matters. Having fun, playing music, learning what the other is in interested in, respecting each others space. Caring for no just those in your home but those in the community around you. Can you see as a family photographer what a privilege it is to be welcomed in to peoples lived and be inspired by families all in different ways.
Last weekend I was so excited to have their viewing session and show them their gallery. Naomi turned up with a gift and a cheese platter for us to enjoy. Thank you so much for truely valuing who I am and how I photograph, for embracing me in your home. I am incredible grateful for your trust in me to document this afternoon of your lives. Thank you x