I ate a little too many sweets on the daily this holiday season. The number of cookies, chocolates, and other treats in my life seemed to triple starting the beginning of December. ‘Tis the season for over indulgence! Baking cookies seems to be a constant activity from mid-November through December. Then those cookies are sent off to family and friends to be enjoyed. There’s something special about homemade cookies and treats especially from the people we love and care about. My grandmother makes jelly cookies. You know, the ones that are little sugar cookies with a thumbprint in the middle and filled with jelly. Many people know how to make these cookies, and there are tons of variations of them, but my grandmother’s taste so much better than the others! Maybe little bits of Christmas magic gets into the dough because she only makes them once a year during the holidays. I’ve helped her a few times with making the cookies, but many a times she would swat my hand away with the determination to do it herself. My grandmother is very stubborn.
However, some families cherish the moments of baking with one another. It’s making memories and spending precious time amongst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As Jordan and Elizabeth baked cookies with their niece and nephew, Elora and Everett, I watched a loving tenderness among the four. Being able to photograph an in-home session for them was so special to me; I loved being able to capture their family love! After a lot of reflection, I’ve developed my personal philosophy for photography. What’s more important is to photograph the precious moments and memories of life - no matter how big or small - that it’s more about telling your story than anything. Yes, of course the photos will look beautiful and spectacular, but showing your relationships and interactions with one another is more important because as time goes on, memories fade, but a photograph will always tell what happened. It will forever be a momentum to this period of your life. Every moment is a little special nugget.