I’ve been making a much bigger point lately to really slow down and take everything in. Enjoy the smiles, the hugs, the kisses. To get down on the floor and roll around with the babies, to tickle them and relish in the pure joy of their giggles. To be as the clothing line Sonnet James put it ‘more playful’ with my children.

And more than that, to pause to capture the moment, if only with my faulty polaroid of a memory bank.
But definitely with a camera whenever I can.

I took the photo above during a recent family shoot and when the mom saw it she said ‘you captured him perfectly’. I managed to capture that one pure moment of playful bliss while chasing him around that day.

These are the types of memories and moments I want to always remember, and that I try so hard to capture with my camera.
These are the things I’m trying harder to fall in love with over and over again.

Maybe you’ve seen this article circling Facebook lately. I love what she has to say here about her daughter teaching her to slow down and enjoy life. How that one moment of clarity really struck her and made her realize she needed to change and allow her child to learn and grow at her own pace and not rush her along just to follow the agenda.
I used to think that families who were always late were lazy or needed to ‘get with it’ a little more. But now I see more clearly. Now I see that they are they the ones willing to sacrifice the schedule for the individual needs. That maybe they are the ones more ‘with it’ than the rest of us.

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