I had the pleasure of shooting little Brody as my first child session. He turned the big ONE. Life is hard at that age, that's the truth. Brody has this incredible energy and sense of exploration. To be honest, my only game plan for shooting him was to let him do him and I just follow with Bertha ( Yes, I named my camera). The purpose of JFSM is to capture small moments and who someone is at the core, and sometimes its easy to get distracted of that goal with the business side of things or shots I didn't think were stellar on my part- but photographing a one year old quickly reminded me of that. And a few other things as well. Like I'm not as young as I use to be, but not as old I sometimes pretend to be.
It's important that as we continue to grow older that we don't fully grow up. At 22, I am a full believer in the quote, "we don't grow up, we just learn how to act in public." Keeping our childlike wonder will not only allow us to enjoy every moment to its fullest, but will allow us to see the world how God wants us to see it and be mindful of our actions towards one another. We are called to be the salt and light of this earth. Somewhere along the way when we grow up we lose our light, becoming disconnected from our power source.
To the birthday boy, thank you for reminding me of that. Heres some adorable shots of Mr. Brody James