As many of you know, my first child was born this past September – (read about the ups and downs of that here) since then, it has been simply a non-stop whirlwind of suprises, excitement, and joy. As someone who has spent nearly 10 years in the business of capturing people weddings amoung other huge moments in the lives of our clients, I can’t say I was ever – nor could anyone, really – be truly prepared for the range of emotions a new parent feels day to day. Here are a few images I wanted to share of Aria’s first half year in this world.
Probably the most suprising thing so far has been the sheer amount of fresh experiences not only for our daughter, but for her parents as well. It is mindblowing to think of how many times I find myself laughing out loud or caught off guard at something I never would have considered possible before fatherhood. How was I to know my child would find her own toes so entertaining? How would I ever considered the importance of a pop-up picture book to quell a grumpy evening before bedtime?
In a way, as a photographer who spends his career making sure to capture some of the most important moments in someone’s life, it’s almost frustrating knowing that I simply cannot have a camera on me every time there’s a new milestone…already, I can tell that my daughter is aware of when I’m more focused on ‘capturing’ a moment of her as opposed to enjoying them alongside with her; there is a quote from Annie Leibovitz who said that (and I paraphrase): “It broke my heart the first time my daughter smiled when a camera was pointed at her.” Growing up in an electronic age unlike anything I could even comprehend when I was a child, wanting to photograph every move she makes while at the same time letting her enjoy the brief amount of time she has without being surrounded by technology. It is a difficult line to walk.
Thankfully, I have a wife who is very…understanding…(perhaps tolerant? At least not homicidal..!) of my need to remember in pictures. Being able to photograph the growing bond between mother and daughter from outside of Aria’s minds’ eye has been the most rewarding thing I have ever shot, and it continues to be. Quiet, precious times (one shown below) seem like they continue to be my favourite images.
Of course, shootng portraits of myself is another matter. The sheer amount of setup and prep required to photograph myself and my daughter leads me to take a pass on that idea most times; I am more then happy to be outside of the action. However, I do take the opportunity – rarely – to get in on the fun occasionally.
Finally, two more to end on. We here a JCLAYPHOTO are incredibly excited for a jam-packed wedding season upcoming, but plan to fill our blog with a little bit of everything in the months to come – Daughters and Doggy included.