ride or die

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.

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