One of the best things about being a portrait photographer is experiencing growth. Some days the growth I experience is on one side of my camera, that of the little ones growing up before my eyes. Like Sophia here. I first photographed Sophia when she was just 8 months old, not yet crawling away, just content to sit with me. Watching her grow from year to year has been so fun, especially during our past session as I watched her grow into the role of "big sister".
But sometimes the growth I experience is on the other side of my camera, like it was this very day. As I watched Sophia and Olivia interact with each other, and their parents with them, I began to enjoy photographing them just doing their own thing. I stopped instructing them, stopped forcing them into a connection with me, and simply photographed their connections with each other. It was a lesson I had already heard, and even shared with others. But this was the day I got it myself.
Of course I still love to connect with my families, and love to see them smiling back at me. But I think I've found that balance between interacting with them, and letting them interact with each other. And it's wonderful to be experiencing growth from both sides. Just goes to show you that you never stop growing.
I can't wait to see what the next few years with these beautiful girls will bring... for all of us!