You often here the saying that a flower doesn’t compete with the one planted next to it, it just blooms. I love that, love it! Regardless of the situations that surround you, just live life to the fullest, praise Him with all you have, bloom to your deepest and greatest potential. I have had the pleasure of watching this family bloom and grow so bright, they have a special place in my heart. I asked Rebecca if she had any words she would like to share for this post. Below are some of her sweet words…I don’t have a lot of pictures of my childhood, and although I do love (and chuckle) at old school pictures far and away my favorite pics are the ones that I connect to a memory, or remind me of the person I was at that time. When I look thru pictures of our session, I’m always surprised at the level of “us” you are able to capture, I can almost hear Evelyn’s chuckles as she ran thru the vines (oh and that eye roll she gave Max when they talked on the blanket, I feel like that’s going to make more appearances in her teen years, haha)… and Max’s uncertainty after falling into the mud, daddy making it better and them playing in it together… holding my sweet gal just like I always do, whispering in her ear how much I love her and covering her with kisses. Laughing with Kenny over who knows what and just being comfortable together. Oh and how can I forget when Max broke free from a more formal pose and took off running, TYPICAL. You know that’s us in a nutshell, and this season of life won’t last and when I look back at our session I can remember what it was like so vividly. And it’s more than just remembering what we looked like, it’s recalling my boisterous fella and sweet gal and a man that puts up and loves me in spite of my crazy. What a wonderful gift you’ve given me Michelle. I really can’t wrap my analytical head around how you get all that in a picture, they really are storytelling pics oh and the way you incorporate those GORGEOUS backgrounds and make the mundane look like a magazine without losing the realness of it is like a superpower. Thank you Michelle, you’re stuck with us forever!Thank you friend, for those very kind words! I do feel that what stands in front of me while I am shooting my camera is always beautiful. Sometimes there is a fear among parents that the children will stray off course, but really what is the course for a photo session? There shouldn’t be a formality to it, this is life that we want to remember when we look at these photos 10, 20, 40 years from now. Perfection is not reality, nor should be what we strive for when freezing our most precious loved ones in time. If we experience pouting, so be it, muddy knees, lets embrace it! I promise you that when walls and expections are let down and set free, even for just a photo session, you will feel so at ease and most often have a memorable experience. I am thrilled that the Swaffords have totally embraced this idea!You love me clean, you love me dirty, when I’m pouting, when I’m sweet, although I dance to my own beat you allow me, there are no conditions to your love and no conditions to mine, I am a soul full of hope, full of promise, please always remember me this way.