an intentional home

    We had the joy and the honour of spending part of an afternoon with this amazing family, as an introduction to spending an evening with their extended family (you can find their extended family session  here ).    We always feel so blessed and honoured to enter into our clients homes and capture their story, and that was no exception with this family.  They, just like their parents, welcome without hesitation. A family full of calm, peace, and assurance.   The most impacting thing about this family was their simple intentionality.  In every part of their home, and in each of their kids you sensed it -  this home is safe, and it is a place were confident love resides.  Each of their children carried it.  You knew that these little ones had been told over and over again that they were loved - just as they are.  You could see in their eyes that they know they are important.  These kids were also some of the most confident and capable kids, because their parents let them do the important, "big" things with them.  

 

We had the joy and the honour of spending part of an afternoon with this amazing family, as an introduction to spending an evening with their extended family (you can find their extended family session here).  

We always feel so blessed and honoured to enter into our clients homes and capture their story, and that was no exception with this family.  They, just like their parents, welcome without hesitation. A family full of calm, peace, and assurance. 

The most impacting thing about this family was their simple intentionality.  In every part of their home, and in each of their kids you sensed it -  this home is safe, and it is a place were confident love resides.  Each of their children carried it.  You knew that these little ones had been told over and over again that they were loved - just as they are.  You could see in their eyes that they know they are important.  These kids were also some of the most confident and capable kids, because their parents let them do the important, "big" things with them.  

    All the little details throughout their home were carefully created and put together, this is the home of an artist, gifted in the craft of creating beauty.  And I just had the feeling that all the little details were so essential to this home, and to the feeling of "home" within it.  And just like the little artistic details were taken care of, so were the details of the heart.  There was no care or love lacking between this family.  

 

All the little details throughout their home were carefully created and put together, this is the home of an artist, gifted in the craft of creating beauty.  And I just had the feeling that all the little details were so essential to this home, and to the feeling of "home" within it.  And just like the little artistic details were taken care of, so were the details of the heart.  There was no care or love lacking between this family.  

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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.  

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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.    

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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. 

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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