Why is it so hard to see the magic of parenthood, when you are the parent?
The other day, my mom said to me, “You are doing such a great job with your kids”. While these words mean so much coming from my mom, I shrugged it off because I had just been having such a rough go with my 4yo (going on 14yo), and it sure didn’t feel like I was doing a great job in that moment. I had actually been feeling pretty fed up, and like a bit of a failure, to be honest. Being a parent is harrrrrd, and like my mother-in-law says, “it is not for the faint of heart”. Ain’t that the truth.
But, this got me thinking about my friends, and fellow mothers, and some of my clients – who work so hard every day, and love on their kids like no other, and are constantly feeling defeated. I know the feeling well. I’m sure every parent does. But as an outsider, and especially as a photographer, I am ALWAYS witnessing those magical moments that are sometimes so hard to see when you are IN it.
This was one of those special sessions where I saw so much of that magic, most of which I was probably the only one to see… until I delivered the images. That’s when they got to see what I see.