Oh hi. I have not done this in so long. I think it’s because of my missing phone. You know, the one that I am so happy to say was recently recovered by an amazing Philadelphia cop.
Last night, sweet Lilliana had her Daisy Ceremony out in Galloway. It’s bittersweet b/c we are unsure if she returns to the troop since she is switching schools. KWIM? She knows she is but it really has not sunk in like activities like this may come to an end soon. I sat far in the back to the actual pinning was a tad too far to see for my poor lens choice. But it was super sweet.
Her words were ‘helpful + friendly’ … which she had practiced for HOURS!
So many things I want to say, I often think to myself remember them, write them down. And yet, I never do. This amazing project I am blessed to be a part of allows me to vocalize my thoughts, dreams + hopes for my boys. Thank you ladies for allowing me to write such special Letters to my Sons …
My Sweet Bobo,
So often I look at photos of Lilliana and get the two of you mixed up. You resemble her in so many ways. This month, I wanted to take photos of you kids just being you. To focus on your personalities. You grabbed your favorite toy – the Lightening McQueen toy and played and played and played. I didn’t realize what you did or how you moved. And then, I saw the photos below and realized you really are so much like Lilliana. This last month, I took an almost identical photo of her. And I did not even ask you to mimic her pose – you just did it.
Your personality shines through so often but I feel like it’s only when no one is around. When your brother or sister are nearby, you copy and mimic them so. You are in their shadow and you take a backseat. Asher yells the alphabet over your little voice. Lilliana dresses you up as a princess despite your fight to put o a Jake costume. You suck it up and play Tinkerbell. But get you alone and you shine my little guy. Little milestones we share together. I’ve realized you’ve shown no others. I sometimes think you took the page out of my student’s books and choose to not let people see your true self.
You see, as a twin, so often, they will compare you. They say there is a dominant one – and Asher is taking those reigns. They will think in their minds how you compare to your brother. I mean, sometimes I find myself doing just that. But you surprise me. You shock me. At no point in time have you ever shown you recognize any letter other than a B for your name. I was worried. Then I steal a few moments. Just the two of us. And you point out all the letters in the book we were reading.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Be proud of all you know. Share your knowledge little guy. The world is a big place. You won’t always be in his shadow. I want you to shine too.
The cuddles you give me are like no other. The sweet kisses + then the subsequent wipe-off already of mommy’s yucky kisses tug on my heart strings. You have to realize you were WIMPY (white male preemie) and you proved them wrong. Prove me wrong. Prove everyone wrong. Take the world by storm.
But watch those teeth buddy. You may have destroyed this set with your antics but I want you to be careful of your second set.
You rock little man.
Please follow the circle of links and visit the blog of the very talented, Lacey Meyers. She’s an insanely talented photographer and sweet friend. And then, please keep on reading … around the circle.
Have you ever told yourself morning sessions just don’t work? The golden hour is just that hour or so right before sunset. How can you handle the rising sun over the ocean? Embrace it. And pray for clouds. I did.
We nixed last night’s session in Ocean City due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea. We made the call at about 5. Who knew the sun would come out all glorious at 630? Definitely not me. So we moved it to this morning. And it worked fabulously.
I often get asked how I handle weather. So often photographers have a ‘no refund’ policy on session fees. For me, I have no problems doing that if Mother Nature does not cooperate – I mean eve last year, I rescheduled a beach session due to wind. Yes, you read that right. Wind. Hair blowing parallel to the beach is just not pretty.
Oh, yes. The sneak peek.
Eek. Yes! Finally. The weather is warming up. The sun is staying out longer. The traffic is picking up. The beaches are open. And I cannot believe I’m almost booked solid with blog design and chances are portrait sessions will be following suit. I’ve implemented an online booking system so no one has to wonder about my availability + my pricing is all out there too for you to see.
I told myself I’d focus more on my kids + fun this summer so I’m definitely limiting my bookings. But can you blame me?