My thoughts were always that a family with three children is the perfect number. I grew up in a family of 5 and to this day I wonder how my mother managed it all. I am the middle child–the designated peacemaker, the one who always plays devil’s advocate to keep things fair an in perspective. I didn’t get married until I was 30 and had my first child 3 months before our 2nd anniversary. I never considered myself an “older” mother but when we decided it was time for #2 I was considered high risk for my age (what?!). We did contemplate number three but putting all things in perspective and after trying for a short while we decided that our two healthy boys completed our family.
I’ve been photographing this family since their oldest was just 6 months old. When I photographed her third pregnancy we chatted about having that “third child”–the one that some have claimed breaks the proverbial camels back. It always scared me. Feeling like your life could be totally turned upside down once you have finally gotten a handle on things. She quoted something that somebody had said to her and I’ve never forgotten it–something to the effect that you would never ever regret having your child but you certainly would regret not trying if it was something you felt you really wanted. Never let others horror stories quell that desire that burns in your heart. And so they did. You can never look back and imagine a life any different–even in the most trying moments.
We had a fun night during our shoot back in September. Elise, their eldest, has always been a little muse for me and has modeled a few times over the years. Some of my favorites of the night are her alone in the water after the sun has gone down. Who’s in for water images this summer??? Summer dates are beginning to book. To secure a date for your family beach portraits, please email and I will send you you details.