Sweet Cael. I’m tempted to break tradition and name this post JOY because that is what this boy and his sweet mama make me think of every time I look at these portraits.
I’ve been wanting to post this sneak peek for weeks now---and because I have a long list of things that HAVE to get done tonight, I’ve decided to blow off my urgent list and finally share these. Because we could all use a little joy, couldn’t we?
Yes, of course he’s gorgeous with a beauty like that for a mother, but the fire in this boy! Pure light and pure joy too.
I adored spending time with this little guy. I admit, I’d forgotten just how busy a nine-month-old can be! But the best part for me was witnessing that mama-and-her-boy connection. So beautiful to see that same delight, that same abundant love at nine months that I see in the first days of motherhood. At nine months into parenthood, you know how not-easy it’s gonna be. At nine months, you can’t just impose who you think your child will be ---because by that age who your child really is----has shown up.
Maybe that’s why this particular shoot has stayed with me so. None of the naiveté of those early first days, but still so much love and joy. I am so moved when I meet parents who get it---that this moment is fleeting, that this time with this child who will grow up is a gift. Being with parents who get that always helps me “get it” more myself and I come home eager to relish the journey beside my own boys.