Twins Basil, TWINS. Jk, but seriously - any parent that gets two babes for the price of one is a god/saint/hero in my opinion. How do they do it? No one knows. Adaptation, as with all things challenging in life, I suppose.
I never know what's going to transpire during an in home lifestyle session so I stay aware, open and observant, keeping my eyes peeled for those little sparks of familial bonding .
In the best of situations, my families give me gobs to work with - they're openly playful, loving, and they more or less go with the flow. Going with the flow is key in general, but especially with dos two year old twin toddlers.
Hungry? Sure. Tantrums? Bring it on. Running down their favorite 'hill' in the backyard? A resounding YES - after which I'll share my sentiment of remembering how giant things used to seem to me as a tot vs seeing them through grown up eyes, and get nostalgic about the photos I'm about to make because I can already picture the girls laughingly reminiscing about their cherished 'hill' 20 years down the road.
These seemingly nonsensical tidbits of life are the bread and butter of why I do what I do, and what tug at my heart with the most incessant fervor.
With these two particular babes bursting with personality and their go-with-the-flow deeply caring and hands on parents, I couldn't have asked for better subjects.
What Heather had to say about her experience with me:
As I didn’t personally know Jen, I was afraid to invest the money only to have the pictures not turn out. I’m a tough critic because I own my own store/brand and we have a critical eye for imagery. This did not happen, instead, I was blown away by her talent and ability to capture our family in a way I didn’t even see myself. I’m beyond happy with the results.
[I absolutely feel like the images and services I received were worth the investment!] Price is such a hard thing for any artist to attribute to their work. A person’s opinion on how much something should cost always varies. I assure you, as someone who penny pinches because of having twins is a large expense in itself, once you see these pictures for the first time, you will value them with all your heart and feel confident that it was worth every single penny. Jen has created an environment from the day of the shoot, to viewing the photos in her warm and welcoming studio, to hand delivering your images in a beautiful tote with a giant smile on her face made this experience single handedly one of the best I have ever had.
Jen really fought to have me pick pictures that I was in. Most of the pictures I accumulated over the years has everyone in them, but me because I was usually the one taking the pictures. Jen reminded me that I am a part of this family and that the girls will treasure having photos with me and them together and one on one. She expressed the importance of those memories for my girls. One expression comes to mind while we were viewing the images in her studio. A picture of me looking at one of my girls Ryan came up and Jen gave a big warm sigh and said, “Man I wish I had a photo of my mom looking at me like that”. Jen made me consider how the other members of my family would cherish these photos and made me consider their perspective too. That alone made me change how I view myself in pics. To get over any insecurities I have about how I look and view it from the stand point of how my family views us all together and the importance of all of us being present and represented in those memories.
[I 100% feel it was worth it to receive finished products vs just the digital files alone.] A tangible framed image represents the full circle. How many times have you taken pics and they sat on your camera for years or posted to social media only to view them when plugged into technology (something I’m trying to do far less of). Having a beautifully framed image hung in your home, in my case, an entire wall dedicated to our family, makes a house truly a home and the experience personal and intimate. Every time I pass that wall, I’m reminded of everything that makes us a family and it makes my heart sing. Moreover, nothing, and I mean, nothing can replace seeing the look on a loved one’s face when they open a wrapped picture of one of their daughters or grandchild. The gratitude of the tangible image to display in their home is beyond anything you can give through digital.