Being authentic is important to me.
When I raised the idea with Johnny about having a family photo session, it was agreed upon, but conditions were applied. We would have to wait until we had finished some more landscaping, we would wait until we had done this or that. I would have prefered to have my haircut and for us all to be looking spick and span. But will the stars ever align for that to be the case? Will that represent us who we really are at this point in time?
So the time was booked, and Tahnee captured us in our most authentic way.
Jenson looked like he had been in a catfight with scratches from his little sister all over his face. Ruby had a big sulk and hid in the cupboard because I asked her not to wear her socks. I had to get her out of her sulking by singing One Direction songs. We all jumped on the bed, while Johnny secretly hoped we wouldn't break it. Ruby had a number of outfit changes and hairstyle changes. I had an outfit change from muddy shoes on my skirt. On the picnic I forgot to pack a knife, so had to break the cake and dish it out with my hands. We really could not get any more authentic.
As I look back on these photos, (that were now taken more than six months ago!), I am so grateful that we had them then. These photo's tell a true story of how our life is. But they did more than that. For those few hours when Tahnee was with us, we were truly a family together. There was no washing to do, (well, there was, but I just didn't do it), there were no distractions that get in our way all too often. We were just together as a family, and it made me realise just how awesome I really do have it.
Thank you Tahnee for sharing your talents and gifting us with memories that we will treasure forever.
This is us...