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it’s the little things

if you’ve stopped by my portfolio in the past or follow me on one of the many social media outlets, you probably already know “it’s the little things” is kinda my motto and what i consider a significant part of my photography. it’s also something i try to remember in my daily life though admittedly sometimes often forget.

one of my favorite things to photograph is a detail that might otherwise be overlooked or to make something “little” more significant in a photo . . . i sometimes do this by placing a focus point in the camera on a detail that caught my eye and then choosing my settings to bring it out and/or by working to bring out a detail in post processing.

i love that photography reminds me to appreciate and celebrate the little things. sometimes days can get monotonous and learning to find the little “gems” in the day can make all the difference. as a parent, all too fast the “little” details on our little ones disappear … the dimples in their elbows (my dad’s favorite detail on my little one and one of mine, too) a curl in their hair, those little fingers and toes, cheeks that stick out beyond their ears, their voice, the way they pronounce a word  . . . you think you’re going to be able to enjoy and remember those things forever and then one day you wake up and your little one has changed so much, seemingly overnight or you’ve forgotten something you thought for sure you never would. my son is only four (“and a half!”, he would say)  and i already feel this way! i wish i could record every.single.detail. i often say that i’d like to walk around with a video camera attached to my head and just follow my son all day long. i’m sure he’d  just LOVE that! 😉

this weekend i had the pleasure and honor of photographing two wonderful children who are as sweet as they are beautiful. both of them have long, dark, luxurious eyelashes that many of us would do anything for! as i was photographing them i was thinking about how as a parent this was one of those details that i’d want to hold on to forever and so i tried to capture it — to make something i’d want to look at years and years down the road when i’ve forgotten the details about what they look, smell, feel, sound like; forgotten the challenges and also probably forgotten some of the good times, too. here is that image. i have to admit, i’m pretty proud of it . . . it’s not every time that i’m able to think about an image, take an image and then complete the image in the way i originally envisioned it in the first place and that captures what i was thinking and feeling at the time i took it. i know this image may not be as emotionally charged for you as it is for me (that’s part of the wonder of photography, after all!) but i thank you for the opportunity to share it and my thoughts . . .

it's the little things
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