Cute outfits and perfect smiles are not my primary targets. What I'm really aiming at is the REAL stuff. Your story right now. The way his eyes squeeze shut when he's laughing. The way she streaks through the house in her diaper when you're trying to get her dressed. How little brother idolizes his big sis. All the fleeting little things you want to remember. And you -- the hugs and the tickles you give them, the love in your eyes when you play with them. It's all beautiful, and I want you to slow down and enjoy it -- and to remember. I want to give you something to anchor and solidify these memories -- so your future self and your kids' future selves can see with your own (future) eyes how much you loved them, and what that looked like. You'll see - as much as you love the photos right now, you'll love them more and more with every passing year.
I've wielded my magical weapon for a long time now. When I started having my own kids, taking pictures became a way for me to freeze and keep those little moments that made up the long days of being a mother to babies and toddlers. Over time, I have come to realize that most of the memories that I have from the fog of those early years are anchored in my mind by photographs that I took. Trust me when I tell you that as much as you think you'll remember every detail of these crazy years, the memories will fade. The bottom line for me is that I love this life with my family, and I really want to hang on to these moments with them. My freeze ray gun allows me to do just that -- to slow them down, to notice them, and to magically turn them into something tangible and eternal.
I started doing this family lifestyle photography thing for other people as The Life in Your Years Photography in 2010, and recently rebranded as Jaye McLaughlin Photography. I've gotta say, it's awesome -- I honestly have the best job ever. I love what I do, and I have lots of fun with my clients. I think that shines through my images, and I assume it's one of the main reasons why my clients have me back year after year.
Not in the NY area? Awesome. I LOVE to travel and dream of flying all over the world for this job of mine. No place is too far, so get in touch!
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