I realized something kind of magical while I was making this video of my family — it was that the video itself was awakening the love I have for these boys from within me.
You see, for me it’s easy to fall victim to the dreary everyday struggles of being a parent — the child who won’t get dressed STILL (at FIVE!), and the brothers who fight, then hug, then fight, the messes that emerge at just the wrong time, the endless cycle of feed-potty-clean-feed-potty-clean-feed-bed-bed-bed (because they never stay in bed on the first attempt).
And while I hate to admit it, I start to see them as work. I love them always, but the joy isn’t always present in these moments of so-much-work.
This film reminded me of how magical our life is. It allowed me to step outside of my burden of the work and remember all the things I get to be witness to because they are mine and I am on this journey with them.
And I think that is the beauty of portrait photography and cinematography — to show you how magical and beautiful and perfect-in-it’s-own-way your life with your family is. To remind you how lucky you are to have them and how insignificant putting every-single-board-game-back-together-because-the-toddler-pulled-them-out (again), is in the long the run.
We’re messy, but we’re lovely. It’s important to remember the beauty in your life everyday.