One of the greatest aspects of our sessions is the home~work we ask our families to complete prior. Our time with them starts much before the actual day. Once we arrive at their home, we already know a great deal about them. Part of our intention is that they've spent time together, reflecting on how they feel about each other and sharing stories.
You see, this is so much more than taking photos. Both for us, and our Meraki + Light families.
In our time with this particular family, their favorite moments stood out. Not because they were a huge aha moment, but because of their simplicity.
Dad spoke about 'seeing them each wake up at different times and hugging them as they walk out into the kitchen'. This resinated with me as I adore sleepy eyes, and the quiet stillness of the morning.
Their mom loves 'watching a child accomplish a chore and the true 'glow' that arises from your praise because they know they've made you happy' and 'when they call your name and you watch them + listen to them. And they are so happy to show or tell you something'.
These are the favourite moments, these simple gestures of love. A listening ear, an open heart and a watchful eye. I guess what strikes me most is how simple and attainable this is for any family. We can all do this, and it comes without cost.
To live with intention toward those we love is one of the most profound and essential things we can do. There is such power and life and a reaping of love in being intentional in our relationships. This family did this so very well, and the blessing of it was evident throughout their home.
And so we celebrated with them because play, laughter, love and food were all in abundance in this home, not lacking in anyway. This is a family that has learned the art of slowing down and truly enjoying one another. They've created an environment for their kids of safety to be loved and to explore. We were served coffee by their son, and their daughter helped make us all smoothies, and together they gathered their crop from their garden, and enjoyed the blessing of it. These are such beautiful things to pass down to our children.
In this home we saw and felt true togetherness. An intention and faith that leads their steps because the end goal is so clear every day. 'A safe and loving place to come home.' ~ mom