I’m always so honoured to be invited back to photograph a family I’ve shot for in the past. When I first met Jackson he was a teeny newborn just a few days old. I remember he had long delicate eyelashes even then. Now at 21 months old those are most definitely still there, and they’re tag teamed with the worlds most delightful head of curls. So it was no surprise that mum Angela (a hairdresser) wanted to capture them before they got their first “big boy haircut”. It’s another one of those tiny milestones that you don’t realise is coming until you get there. Like when you child loses their first tooth and suddenly you’re faced with mourning the little child they were and embracing the “big kid” they’re becoming.
The big milestones - rolling, crawling, first steps, first words - they’re huge and of course they deserve to be documented. But for me it’s all the little ones in between that we don’t think about. Those are the ones that mark the passage of our specific child growing and becoming who they are. It’s their reaction to the first taste of what will become their favourite food, or the first time they insist on putting a band aid on their own ouchie, or when they figure out that they’re capable of determinedly dragging a stool over to get up to the sink on their own. All those small moments deserve to be captured too.
And that’s why I like it when our sessions are about the small things that make little people tick right now. For Jackson, at age 21 months, that was a bit of peek-a-boo, books about construction, mowing the lawns just like dad, and eating all the Oreos! So that’s what we did.
Angela and Joe I hope you treasure these candid moments and memories as much as you did Jackson’s newborn photos.