Can I share my excitement with you today? This was a dream session for me (Melaina). I enjoy when a mama asks me to take portraits of her family. But this mama right here invited me into her home and asked me to photograph a day in her family's life.
You see, I always found lifestyle photography intriguing. The idea of having a photographer come into your home to document your family's life sounded like a neat concept. But then I became a mama myself and realized how precious those pictures truly are to a mama's heart. We have dozens upon dozens of folders on our computer of pictures we've taken of our girls on a regular day. Pictures of bubbles on the back porch, of little ones sitting pensively reading books, of playtime with dolls and play-do. And while I enjoy and showcase the family portraits we've had taken over the years, it's these folders of images forever captured that truly remind me of what life was like when my littles were little.
So when my friend asked me to drive to her home near Austin, Texas to take pictures of her family, I jumped at the chance. We talked through what an average day looks like for her and her sweet family, the moments that truly capture their life. Then we moved throughout their home, capturing natural interactions that occur day in and day out, forever preserving this brief window of time in their family's love story.
I photographed them spending time on their covered back porch, a favorite activity of their's to do in the summer evenings. My friend serves as a teaching pastor at her church in Round Rock, Texas, and spends time each week in her home office crafting sermons and creating curriculum, often with her sweet baby at her side. So we spent time in their home office, photographing her and her little one in their regular routine. We captured dad bouncing his little girl on an exercise ball, a bedtime ritual they do every evening. I photographed this precious little one looking out the window in her nursery, one of her favorite activities. And we moved room to room, telling the story of this sweet family of 3...well, 4 including their puppy. :) A story that is beautiful and magical and the reality of their now.
So thank you, Pratt family, for inviting me into your home and letting me be a fly-on-the-wall. Your family is truly beautiful and I hope you forever cherish this sweet time of life.