With all that has been going on with my own family, along with the crazy weather, and awful flooding in Bismarck/Mandan, I feel like summer is already gone! But, we are still only in June and we do have a couple summer months left, hopefully! So I wanted to fill you all in on my summer schedule. I know everyone waits for the summer and fall months to update their family photos, and for that reason sessions with me in the months of July through October book up quickly. Outdoor sessions will not be scheduled in November due to the unpredictable North Dakota weather. So if you are thinking about a session this year, it is best to contact me sooner rather than later. And, as always, if you are expecting a newborn, please contact me sometime in your second trimester since all newborn sessions take place within the first 10 days after birth (I do leave room for newborns in my schedule every month of the year). As of today, this is what I have available for the summer and fall months:
July – booked!
August – 2 sessions available booked!
September – 3 2 sessions available
October – 4 sessions available
Last year, my dear friend Erin Vournas and I met up to photograph one anothers’ families. Let me tell you, I am SO happy that we did that! Our family had not taken a real family portrait since way before Cohen was born, and I am so glad that we have those images now. I think too often us parents (moms, especially) miss out on actually being in the photos with our kids; laughing, playing, just being together. And I don’t know about you, but someday I want my children to know that I actually did exist, and better yet, to know how much fun and love we all shared.
I don’t know for sure when exactly a person starts to really retain memories, but I know I remember a few things from kindergarten and quite a bit more from 1st grade. When I really think about it, there is a good chance that my children won’t even have any memories of the things we did up until this point in their lives. That’s crazy to think about, but true! The images I have of them now will be the only thing they have to remember from our time spent doing the things that they love right now. And as a parent, how easy is it to forget that certain expression that you love or how they looked when they were 2 years old or what their favorite toy or activity was? My daughter just turned five and I am already blown away by the changes in her looks and interests when I look at photos of her from a couple years ago. It makes me want to cry when I think of how I will feel looking back at our photos when she’s 18!
Okay, so what started out as a simple post about my summer schedule has turned into something much more rambling and long than I had anticipated, but with a child who just turned 5 and my baby turning 2 in just a month, I am feeling a bit sentimental! Bear with me.
My point is this; what is holding you back from having your children or your family photographed? You can schedule a session with me, go to the photo booth at the mall, ask a stranger to push the button on your point and shoot camera…I don’t care! Whatever you do, I know you won’t regret it!
And since I am preaching on the topic, I’m going to post some images from my absolute favorite family session from last summer. Can’t you just see how much this family loves each other? This is what I love most about this job; capturing images like this!
Jessica W - You makes some great points in this post! And, as always, I’m upset we don’t live closer…