Lifestyle family photography and why I think you will love it.
Mar 6, 2018 | By: Ashley Topping Photography
So you have made a tiny human, congratulations. I could not be happier for any new parent that is eager, loving , protective and about to get a total of 12 hours of sleep this week.
For any lack of sleep or hard work and I can say with so much love in my heart that this parenting thing is the most awesome part of my life. I can only imagine you might feel the same way already.
After the side effects from the new sleep schedule subsides you may wonder, Why must this amazing experience change so quickly ? I ask myself this all the time. I wish so badly to go back freeze time and revisit when she was sitting in the kitchen sink. I find myself keeping old clothes that have no purpose but just can’t seem to say goodbye too. Memories attached to each room in my home , reminding anyone and everyone that will listen to my stories of when my children were babies. I want so badly to hold on to time and go back and to revisit these precious moments. I can’t though. Because Science.
These tiny windows close so quickly. Soon it will be the door of time slapping you in the face and I don’t mean a saucey teenager either ..... though yes that too may eventually happen. The growing that happens in children is occurring at a speed faster then realization. To this problem I found a solution in my camera. To this problem I found that candid moments in family photography offer a better glimpse into the past and offer really wonderful feelings and memories. I love seeing natural lifestyle photography of my family when they are having fun, being silly and being themselves. The idea that a photograph of a child that is happy is far better then any photo of a child pretending to be happy is something I truly believe. That as parents we love our kids so much that we just want to hold onto their joy for as long as we can.
The idea that photos of people smiling for real was better then people pretending to smile was a lightbulb for me. I feel like there may be others like me out there. Others that believe that posed hands and structured limbs and smiles should be something in an old frame your mom bought at K-Mart. Don’t know what k-mart is ? Well that merely makes me wise and nothing else. Moving on.
Looking at photos of my daughter when she had a huge toothless grin and the most beautiful freckles so sweet they could make angels do the Macarena is my favourite. When I look at a picture of my children that is true. A picture of them being completely themselves and totally giving into the silly it makes my heart feel so full for so far. I do not get this feeling when I look at a posed picture in which I told her to smile for. For this I feel that her experience was not joyful. That this picture represents something that is not joyful. When I look at a photograph what I want more then anything else is to remember their happiness.