Why my house is messy- Skagit County Family Photographer

It's so easy to get lost in the mundane routines that make up every day life when you're a stay at home mom. Take care of the children, clean the house, make the meals, do the dishes, do the laundry, schedule a playdate, get the groceries, chauffeur the children to and from this or that activity...the list is virtually endless. 

It's so easy to forget that these are the moments. Right now! This is our time with our kids, with our families. This is IT! Remembering to slow down, and take it all in is something I struggle with every day. So here I am to remind you. 

Slow down. Read just one more book(even though you've already read 3). Make a fort out of blankets and pillows. Notice how tiny and baby-like your child's hands still are when they hold their crayons. Notice the long lashes, and still baby-fat cheeks. Because one day you'll look up from whatever chore is so important, and they will be all grown up. 

This day wasn't altogether picture-worthy...my sons hair is a mess and I'm pretty sure he wasn't wearing pants. But we were hanging out, and having fun just being together. We watched a movie, and played with some beads, and I was inspired to pick up my camera and capture the moment. The little details that make up my toddler right now...because before I know it he will be bigger, older, and so different(yet the same). 

Mays Family- Whidbey Island Family Photographer

It was a very cold and windy day here in North Chicago for this family's session, but you'd never know it looking at the love emanating from their photos. Honestly, have you ever seen a more gorgeous family?! 

This first photo here was the very first shot I took, and it completely captures the relationship between a mother and her children. It wasn't even posed...I just looked over and there they were, beautiful, and real. Those are my absolute favorite shots to get. Yes, it's nice to have the posed photos too...but a good candid photo? There's nothing better.