As I continue to document the life of my family, I often think about what it’s all for. Photography is a creative outlet and I use it to communicate with a single image what is meaningful to me, but I also know that there’s something probably even more important: I am leaving behind documentation that when pieced together is nearly the entire story of my children’s lives. In that light, I know that every moment I capture is a gift, for me, for them and for generations to follow.
Perhaps it’s stating the obvious, but motherhood has completely transformed me, not only as woman, but as a photographer.
Before I had kids, my photographic work was work, done for other people and for a paycheck. The camera stayed in the bag as I lived my everyday life. When the kids came, the camera came out and I started to capture the kinds of moments I was capturing for my clients, only now for myself. I began to tell my own story.
With my first daughter, I shot portrait after portrait. Facial expressions, props, headshots and full-lengths, I was using all the same techniques I had mastered for my clients, which made sense—it’s what I did. It wasn’t until my second daughter was born that my photography truly became mine.