Some people just come into your life so unexpectedly and a friendship blossoms that you never knew you would have but certainly are grateful that it’s now part of your life.
Thats how I felt with this lovely girl 🙂 and her sweet gorgeous family.
I had the privilege of photographing Jen from City Farm House a few weeks back and what a fabuolous time we had.. For those of you who don’t know Jen she’s just all around freaking awesome, mega talented, and so willing to share her talent with all of us that I’m humbled and in awe at her generosity and kindness.
Always. and her REALNESS.
She has a really AHHHH mazing blog thats just oozing with talent and you can find right here….http://cityfarmhouse.com/
Where she shares a ton of DIY and other really cool stuff too.. Like her tag line says ” Living a modern country life one project at a time.”
She really is such an inspiration to me that I am happy to know her, and proud to call her my friend.
Its really fun to do sessions with other creatives, and sometimes I get a little nervous, and some energy builds up inside of me because I want them to have a fabulous experience and I want them to look back and not only see the images, like I said on my website, but to feel the feeling of that moment. So I try and ignore that nervous energy and thankfully instincts begin to take over and I do what I do, and with the grace of god, or whatever higher power there is.. I hope to do it well.
Here are some of those moments…
The carefree days of summer… How I long for them when the winter is here. Not to mention the chubby little hands and the innocent laughter of childhood. While I was photographing this family I was reminded of my own kids especially my first born.
It was 2003.
I was pregnant with my first child.
Everyone swore it was a girl.
Which the translation of that really was “Michele, your butt
got huge” .
Which sadly mine did.
But in my heart I knew it was a boy.
I just had a feeling.
And it was.
He came into the world on a Sunday morning.
And lit up my life.
He was perfect in every way.
And I have forever been changed.
I went from Michele, to mommy just like that.
I remember holding him the first night after everyone left , I didn’t put
All night I held him.
I watched the sun come up and that feeling of nervous energy came,
and I was not sure what to do
so I let my instincts take over
and I whispered in his little tiny ear…
“I don’t know what I’m doing.
I have never done this before.
So it’s you and me kid.
How about we learn together.”
I swear he smiled at me.
It was probably gas, but I’m calling it a smile.
And just like that –
Our journey began.
His as a first child
Me as a first time mommy.
I swore to myself then I would cherish every day-
remember the moments –
and for the most part I believe I have.
His first birthday came quickly.
We wanted to celebrate it,
to celebrate him.
away from NY.
So we did just that, we packed up and brought him to a sleepy little beach town that we had been at so many times before, before children, before the chaos, before the wearing of our hearts on the outside of our body.
It was the perfect place to be.
He ran on the beach, he chased seagulls, he ate sand, he laughed, he played, we
sang happy birthday to him.
I remember thinking – I hope the rest of the years don’t go as fast as this one
It’s now 2014.
We are once again at this sleepy little beach town & I’m
preparing him to start middle school in September.
Or should I say preparing me.
How did those years go so darn fast?
here I am
teary eyed again.
Some days may have felt really really long but the years .
The years passed by quickly.
I now watch my first born, lift the coolers and carry them to the beach & pick up his baby sister and put her over his shoulder to walk up the stairs
when she’s sleeping, or I see out him out the window teaching his brother how to throw a fast ball.
And my heart
My heart wants to explode with love for him.
If you are blessed to actually know him – you know how kind, compassionate and what a good
honest soul he has.
He is my saving grace.
Him and those other two that call me mom 😉
Yup all three of them.
They save my grace.
and my work, my art, my interactions with so many wonderful families… well that builds it.
They all give me strength and make me a better me.
So as I prepare for middle school and soak in the rest of summer.
I’m shutting down –
closing the business for a short while for this much needed vacation.
going tech free
& to borrow a favorite quote of rumi
“I am going to be with those who help my being.”
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer . Be safe, be well, and we will see
you in September…
All phone calls and emails will be retuned September 5th. Thank you everyone for all the love and continued support <3