It's in the little things where life is hidden.
I document life. That's kind of my thing.
I do it for my job, and I do it in my everyday life. Why? Simple.
I WANT TO REMEMBER.
Since having kids, I feel like my memory went to crap. My planner and lists and client database and all of those amazing tools are my lifeline to functioning as an adult. They keep me on track with all of those things in life that I need to remember: bills, appointments, schedules, to-do lists, etc.
But what about those things that I don't necessarily NEED to remember but that I WANT to remember? A picture tells a thousand words, and in this case, a picture helps boost that poor memory of mine so that these "not-so-important" important things don't get lost in mix.
A bond like no other - brothers.
Did I mention that I FREAKED out when I found out I was pregnant with my second child??? I was barely making it in motherhood with my, at the time, 6 month old who gifted me with little sleep and lots of crying (YAY colic). Adding another baby seemed both overwhelming and terrifying. But there he came...our sweet Tanner boy.
Fast forward 3 years (has it really been that long??) and I'm beyond thankful not only for this precious gift of a child, but the closeness of my two boys.
Not even 16 months apart, they drive each other crazy, but they also stick up for each other and truly enjoy each other's company. So while they play dress up and get fully into their new identities, I click away with my camera, making a mental note to go along with each image.
I want to remember...
How feisty my oldest is. Who knew that colicky baby just had a lot of spirit and didn't want to be tamed?
How Jace loves to take the lead in all things.
How Tanner often is timid, wanting reassurance or guidance.
But how every now and then he goes rogue and we wonder, where has THIS kid been?? He's definitely still his own person.
How the boys can transform our ordinary living room into the headquarters of a kid-superhero-duo and be intensely on mission to save the world.
How for as many times as they can't stand each other (as I type this, I hear Jace telling Tanner in the other room, "I really need some alone time!), they always come back to each other.
And, of course, how the little brother always gets the worst jobs! But hey, he's just happy to be in the game.
Have you ever considered a documentary style session? There is so much value in capturing our unglamorous life - the backyard playing, the bribery to eat your veggies, the baseball games, the cookouts, the riding bikes in the driveway, the playing dress up, the magic of childhood.
Don't let it slip through your fingers without a tangible way to remember these things for generations.