If you know me at all, you know family is super important to me. Being with Andy, my dad and his partner, my sisters and their hubbies, my nieces & nephews, cousins and aunties…it’s just where my bliss can be found. Don’t get me wrong, we have our share of family drama…like everyone. But, when we all get together and everyone is clicking and enjoying each other, there is little else that makes me as happy.
And, when I look back over my life, I am sometimes struck by how quickly the time has passed and how those moments of togetherness and family bonding are so fleeting, too far and in between. And life seems to have move at a pace which leaves me feeling as if I can’t keep up.
So, documenting families has become a bit of a passion for me. It’s a way of giving families an excuse to stop and just be…..together, to enjoy a sunset and a couple of hours of silliness on the beach (or whatever favorite place they covet).
We get to document that time of togetherness for them and in turn, they provide a beautiful visual reminder to us of just how precious our moments of family togetherness are….and how we ought to savor them, because before we know it, the kids are grown, having kids of their own and all that is left are our memories and if we’re lucky….photographs that highlight our time with one another.
This time of year, Andy & I are generally so busy that there is very little time for enjoying togetherness with our own families. But, this summer, we got to enjoy a rare week away with family. It was an incredible time of enjoying one another…something I am sure we will all treasure forever (thank you sweet Debbie for making it happen!!!). My only regret is that I didn’t hire someone to document our togetherness. Andy & I took some photos, but it’s not the same as having someone else do it for you…someone who allows us as photographers to be present, in the moment, and part of the story. I won’t make that mistake again!
Anyway, family time is special…and it was something I was thinking a lot about when we got together with a very special family a couple of weeks ago. We met up with Heather & Jesse, whom we first met when they were planning their 2011 Wequassett wedding.
Andy & I fell pretty hard for Heather & Jesse and their wedding was everything we knew it would be and more! We’ve been fortunate that they’ve kept in touch over the years. But, we hadn’t met their sweet kids, Ella & Jackson, until our recent get together at Chatham Lighthouse Beach.
We LOVE kids…we love their energy and enthusiasm for life’s little things. We love their innocence and curiosity…their timidity or excitability. Getting to be around children brings us both a lot of joy. But, Heather & Jesse’s kids were exceptionally awesome! They are the perfect combination of their parents and our bond with them was instantaneous. And, it’s why I think the photos came out so awesome….if I do say so myself.
I’ve already blathered on too long…and if you’ve read this far, I’d be surprised. So, let’s just get to the good stuff….Say “Hi!” to Heather, Jesse, Ella & Jackson, and prepare to fall in love…as we have.
These are some very happy kiddos…..makes it hard not to smile looking at them, doesn’t it?!
Kids loooove when adults act ridiculous. Fortunately, I am very good at acting ridiculous! In this next one, I was crawling around on the ground, growling like a lion and challenged Ella & Jackson to give it a try. They were not opposed!!
After we all got comfortable, it was time to get at least one Christmas Card photo for mom & dad. Taaa Daaa!
Then back to silliness….which is my favorite way to be…and to photograph families being.
Because sometimes amid all the fun, the kids give you this….
And this…. Sweet momma, I love these moments. Breaks my heart a little that I won’t ever have one of my own, but I just love watching women who I admire and care about enjoying their special moments!!!
Big sister pig pile….yummy!
Ella is a ham and I just loved out time together. She was silly and sweet, playful and just generally super excited to be spending the evening on the beach with her family and her two funny new friends. I wanted to take a few photos of her on her own, and all of a sudden she gave me this pose and face….I nearly fell in the sand. Love her! Meanwhile, Andy captured this super sweet moment with Jackson, who was admiring a piece of driftwood he found.
Cuddling with Daddy….
Cuddling and kisses….does it get any better?
Yup…it does! Flying makes it better! Hello sweet Ella-bella!
Come on Daddy….this way!!
Mom, I’m so funny…..Yes, Jackson…you are!!
I love this next photo….it makes me think about where these two were in their lives when we first met them and how far their love has taken them since. I am excited to see where their love will take them next!
A family that plays together, stays together.
Happiness….Heather & Jesse have created room for a lot of it in their lives and we couldn’t be happier for them!
Big sissie, showing baby brother the way. Be still my baby-loving heart!
Sweet Ella kept giving me specially-selected seashells all evening. Here she is hunting for some goodies, while jolly Jackson reacts to his new pal, Andy…the funny guy behind the camera!
Run Daddy…the waves are coming!
Days like these….where we are with the ones we love most, just enjoying the moment. Being present and open….it’s what it’s all about!
Eyes of an angel, like pools of ocean water….look too long and you might drown in the yumminess!
It’s a wrap….the sun has set on a wonderful evening with some really wonderful people and their wonderful little lovebugs! Togetherness preserved….
Heather & Jesse….thank you sooooo much for sharing your beautiful family with us! We remember when you first reached out to us for your wedding and how important preserving memories were to you. We hope we did you proud here with this sneak peek from our super fun evening together with your sweet boos! We absolutely loved seeing you both again and getting to meet Ella & Jackson was even more of a treat than we expected. Just adore them and both of you and we thank you so much for keeping in touch all of these years and for letting us be a part of your family togetherness time! Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo