When I tell people that I am a family photographer, the first response I get is, “you must have great pictures of your kids”. Truth is, I don’t. Yes, I definitely have a few, but all in all, I rarely set aside time to focus on them in front of my lens. The majority of the time it’s just the three of us while my husband is at work. It’s not exactly easy to control two toddlers from behind a camera! When we go on family outings I forget to bring my camera or just use my iPhone.
Recently I have decided to make some changes. Along with signing up for Fly Lady to keep the house clean, I’m going to take more photos of the kids. My son has learned to run from the camera, so this should be a challenge!
When we set out for a walk on the Plymouth waterfront this weekend, I remembered to grab my camera. My little girl with her new to walking legs, fell and split her head open. What a way to start out my family portrait session! After trying to clean up the blood with a dandelion (husband’s idea), I was back at trying to get some great photos while I could. Shortly thereafter, my son fell and scraped his knee. It took a few minutes to stop the next round of tears. I was still determined to make it work!
Finally arriving on the beach on a warm spring day, my daughter was anxious to feel the water on her toes for the first time. She was not thrilled at first. Well, it is New England, the water is pretty cold! Once she got a taste of it, she was enthralled watching the waves come up and tickle her toes.
The best part of our trips to Plymouth are always finishing the day on the playground. We had a rocky start to our walk, skinned knees and scraped skulls, my kids still filled the air with laughter playing on the swings.
No matter what your profession, it’s important to take time out to spend with your family. We all say “time flies”, “kids grow up so fast”, “it will be over before you know it”. I may be late for New Year’s resolutions, buy mine is this: Live everyday to the fullest with my family. Don’t take the little things for granted. Don’t miss life from behind my camera, but make sure to document some along the way.
Danyel Stapleton is a full time stay at home mom/wife and a part time portrait photographer. Located in Middleboro, MA, Danyel travels throughout Southern New England providing newborn, high school senior, and family portraits. To book your portrait session, contact us here or email info@DanyelStapleton.com.