I remember being pregnant with number two and worrying that I wouldn’t be able to love her quite as much as number one, because I already loved him SO much. What if I was unfair, what if I played favourites? It’s a completely unfounded concern of course. Love is not a finite resource – it’s an ever-increasing pool that just spreads and multiplies as your family grows.
But there’s no doubt that adding a new member to the family changes the dynamic. There’s twice the chaos, more sleepless nights and double the energetic noise echoing down the halls. There’s also the beauty of seeing siblings cuddle and play and admire each other. There’s the joy of watching one teach the other and care for them. And, let’s be honest there’s the occasional living room WWF match to break up.
This is part of what I love about returning to a family I’ve photographed before. I get to see how those bonds are developing and how the family is growing together. It’s such a privilege.
I photographed the Hills family at the start of this year when little Oliver was just a couple of weeks old. I remember how relaxed he was as a newborn and that hasn’t changed, he still takes everything in his stride (or his crawl as the case may be). Only now he’s a sitting, playing, dribbling, delightful bundle of smiles. Keeping big brother Alexander on his toes!
Jenny and Thomas, thank you so much for inviting me back to your home to capture this milestone age. I hope you love this record of our morning.