Finally? Finally!! This image of my daughter, who has aged over a year since this photograph was taken while she was patiently waiting in the Chicago airport due to our delayed flight to Hawaii, and it has been my blog muse ever since. How so? Look at her. You see the truth of that moment in everything about her. She knows grand adventures await, but you can also feel the boredom and the “enough already, let’s get this show on the road” in her eyes. This is how I have internally felt about writing a blog for the last several years. This image pinned alone atop blank space where my words would go, has sat for a year. So, yes, finally I am writing words to attach to her patience. Having decided that the purpose of this blog is to share some of the real life moments that I freeze in time, forever documented by my camera-this one is for you, Boo!
Sometimes, the split second happenings are easily missed yet have the potential to be forever treasured. And, the truth is, one never knows when or where that moment may occur, like the Chicago airport. The image below is of my son, perhaps not being quite as patient as his sister during aforementioned flight delay, yet this image of him lying on the floor, encaged by his backpack, ticket in hand, and being the full on 11 year old he was at the time, is one of my all time favorite images of him proving that real life is worth capturing.
This is what I strive to do. Capture life as it happens. And, the good news is that after these two moments that I have shared happened, we made it to Kauai, Hawaii...and boredom disappeared. Some of my most beloved images of my kids were captured as they did what kids do: climb trees, explore the world around them, and try to ignore their mother the photographer (and to that, I feel sometimes the best images come when the subject acts as though I’m not there at all-my kids have become exceptional at this as they are teenagers now after all!).
Here’s the thing about life. It flies by, sometimes so fast all that we can say is, “it is all a blur to me.” This is where the magic can happen. Preserving the blur. Allow me to tag along for an hour of your day adventure, celebrate a milestone whether a birthday or a graduation, or maybe you are launching a new business and there is excitement to be created. Whatever the reason, or for no reason at all, this is real life.
All moments end and flow into the next. I, for one, am pleased to announce that this post is nearly complete, and good thing as there are many great adventures ahead. I have worked very hard behind the scenes for the last few months to create my new website, and relaunch my photography business. Labor of love, is that what they call it? I call it exhausting but worth it! I’m going to sign off from my front porch in beautiful West Asheville, covered by the shade of my blooming Catawba tree, where inside two dogs are anxiously awaiting having their toys thrown until they drop, and a gin tonic is ready to be poured. I’ll leave you with one last image from our Hawaiian adventure, proving once again that time flies, details matter, and every moment is magic. Real. Life.