There is something so magical about children immersed in play. Did you know that’s exactly how I began in photography? I was a stay at home mom, with my then 1 year old son. It was such a sweet time, but it was also a bit lonely, and oftentimes my days felt so mundane. My world was one of caring for my home and little one, executing repetitive tasks that I had to redo again the next day. It was easy to let my pride slip in and feel like what I was doing wasn’t important and that other people were doing more exciting things than me.
A quote by Louisa May Alcott really stuck out to me, and changed the way I viewed my everyday: “The power of finding beauty in the humblest of things makes home happy and life lovely.” I decided to change my perspective and look for the beauty in everyday moments. I marveled at how my son would become immersed in play, and would quietly take in the way the sunlight made his blond hair glow as he lined up his matchbox cars. I started trying to capture these little moments with my camera, so I would remember this time and the magic.
When my sweet friend and client told me she wanted to capture her boys playing on the beach, I was so excited. No posing, just the true beauty of childhood. And it didn’t hurt that it was in one of my favorite places of all time, Saint Simons Island. We began our session with a few “fancier” photos….but then we let the boys change into their swim suits and set them free by the ocean. We braved it all, even through a surprise downpour during our session, but it was well worth it! The result was some beautiful sunset portraits capturing true play and fun!
Molly is a family photographer based in Cumming, Georgia, serving the North Atlanta area. To contact Molly, click here.
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