this moment matters: the cookie session

I normally have quite a few books on the go at any one time, but I came across a sentence in one book that particularly struck me. I’ve put it on my facebook page, but here it is again. It sums up so simply how I feel about family photography:

‎”All we have in life, really, are people and moments. The portrait captures both simultaneously, and tells a story about the characters in our lives. It shows a person in a place and a time in which they will never be again; it stops the clock and says, ‘Look at this person, she matters. This moment matters.’ And whether that portrait is serious or the brief result of a cheesecake grin, we’re a little closer to seeing the soul.” David duChemin

It’s been my aim on all my shoots to endeavour to achieve a true reflection of each family which is why I favour very natural, relatively un-posed photography.

I did a day in the life of a lovely family which included lots of toy playing, having fun in the park but also a cookie making session. The family put all the images in an album so that they could capture themselves at a given time in their lives to share not only with their children as they grow but future grandchildren too (imagine if we could peek into a day in the life of our parents lives as children.. fantastic!).

I wanted to share just the cookie making session as for me it demonstrates how this moment really does matter, ordinary though it may at first appear. In particular I find the image of the mum helping her daughter cut the butter particularly poignant as not only do I remember doing this with my Mum but frequently do the same with my own children. And I’m sure the ‘licking the spoon’ image will resonate too!

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and yum yum they were, too!

Vitty

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