Before I turned 9, I lived in 6 different houses in 5 different states. The earliest home I remember was in Cincinnati. I have a few vivid memories of living there: trekking up the steep hill to the nearby public library, balancing on railroad ties outside my elementary school during recess, the trellis in our neighbor’s yard covered in tangled tree branches. In my mind’s eye, I can see each spot in perfect detail.
What I cannot remember is our home. I think our kitchen may have had dark wood cabinets??? And I remember our garage was detached…maybe there was a metal basketball hoop hanging above the garage door??? I’m pretty certain there was a big tree in the front yard, but I don’t know where or what kind.
I’m glad for the memories that are vivid enough to picture, but a part of me longs to remember the missing pieces of the 2 years of my childhood that I spent in that home.
A lot of people (including my family) don’t think about how valuable those pictures will be in the future when the kids are grown, or when the starter home upgrades to the interim home upgrades to the forever home. And even for those who plan to stay in their home forever, what about the little details of your home: the spider-man sheets your 3 year old baby snuggles into each night, the nappy stuffed rabbit with the stuffing coming out the back, the way your kids sit squeezed together in your overstuffed armchair each reading their own picture book. Are these things you will remember? And more importantly, will your children remember?
I think that my missing memories are why I am so drawn to in-home lifestyle photography. I can’t go back in time and snap photographs of my bedroom in Cincinnati or our family room in Tampa or our backyard in Colorado Springs. It’s too late for me to create physical reminders of all the little nuances of my childhood, so I try my best to keep a picture in my mind and not let the details fade.
It’s a priority to take beautiful pictures of my own family. And it’s a privilege to make beautiful pictures of your family. I know we will capture some moments that you & your children will cherish for a lifetime.