It was the only nice weekend we had in the month of January. Ashley and I had talked about it many times.
She wanted pictures with her mom. She wanted to take her mom and show her the detour road. She wanted to tell her about the day we did her first shoot and show her where her favorite image had been captured.
Finally the day came.
I haven’t shared this with anyone. This was probably one of the “hardest” shoots I have ever done. A good kind of hard, if that makes any sense. The kind of “hard” our souls often need.
A “hard” that makes realize how amazing is the love between a mother and a child. How a child looks into the eyes of their mother for strength, security and approval. A kind of “hard” that shows you to smile and laugh even in the midst of the storms of life and a “hard” that reaffirms to you that yes, the little things in life, often are the most important.
As I watched them walk along the detour road, I had to stop shooting for a moment and take it all in. It amazes me how God puts certain people in one’s life for a certain season or seasons. Some come and stay. Others come and go. Either way, a piece of you is left with that person, that season of life. And it’s all those relationships, experiences and trails that mold us into who we are today. To then realize, that Ashley’s mom is doing the same. Ashley looks at her and says, “what’s wrong, mom?. Her response is, ” I am just taking it all in”.
So I challenge you, sometime tonight or in the next few days- to just stop for a moment. Look around you. Look into your children’s eyes. Your spouse. Let them know you love them. Take in the moment. Live it. Embrace it.
I give you a preview of the shoot of Ashley and her mom. I give you this girl. This mom. This detour. This season. All in hopes that you get a glimpse of what I see.