I truly ADORE photographing children as they grow. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I love so much, but when I get an email from a previous mommy client asking about a shoot, my heart skips a beat! Maybe it’s because my momma heart gets so much joy out of having photos of my children in each and every phase. Every single time I look back at photos of Eli and Lucy Hayes, whether they are from two years ago or last month, a flood of emotion rushes through my heart and mind. The fact that the phase in the pictures is completely gone, that they don’t make that exact face anymore, or that they have grown bigger… and bigger… and bigger… those things sting my heart to its core. It HURTS to let your babies grow! And in the same split second, my heart is overcome with laughter thinking back to that hilarious face and how they had to show it off to every stranger passing by. My heart is overcome with joy reflecting on how much I enjoyed THAT specific phase in their life. My heart is flooded with thankfulness that God chose me, little old me, to be their mommy. All of those feelings are priceless!
This sweet family first contacted me when their oldest was around 6 months old, and Matt and I ended up at Smythe Park with them for a shoot soon after. I distinctly remember Hayes’ blue eyes and how much he and his pup, Emma, loved each other! I was seriously thrilled when Hayes’ mom contacted me again a few months ago letting me know that they now have a little girl and asked if I had availability for a shoot in the near future. Of course I said yes! I was blown away at what a little gentleman Hayes has become and loved capturing those same captivating blue eyes on his baby sister, Margaret. Emma came along too and was just as sweet and well behaved as before! McSwain family, thank you for allowing me to document these precious years. It is such a privilege for me to watch your babes grow and freeze these sweet moments in time!