As part of my personal project to start taking photos of my own boys on a regular basis, I have been trying to make sure I take more photos of them just at home, playing, sleeping, etc. I don’t really consider myself a lifestyle photographer, so I often feel a bit of a challenge with these types of photos, but I feel like the more I do them, the more I am falling in love with them. It is getting easier for me! I am going to start posting once or twice a month with my favorites of my own two little guys, and you will be able to follow my journey with experimenting into new styles.
The first two photos were one of those rare days when I was able to get both of my boys to take a long nap at the same time. Total bliss.
My younger son is affectionately nicknamed “Mr. Green Thumb”. He is my gardening partner. He jumps out of bed in the morning, anxious to go work on the garden. When I tell him we are going to spend a whole morning gardening, he gets a look on his face like it is Christmas morning lol. His brother much prefers to sleep in late.
My older son also much prefers to play indoors. He is my little superhero. He loves playing in their newly remodeled play room, especially the trampoline, ball pit and climbing wall area that my husband put together for the boys.
Our little poodle and my younger son, trying to encourage one of our cats to join them in the play room.
My boys wanted a shady area to relax together one morning while I did a bit of gardening work down by my greenhouse. They had so much fun in this impromptu little tent that I set up for them.
They also love exploring my waterfall/pond area.
Basking in the warm sunshine!
Mr Green Thumb always loves to stop and smell the flowers.
I have been having so much fun documenting my boys’ daily joy. I feel like it has helped get all of us out of the slump of a few very rough months that I had in terms of some health problems. I’m doing much better now, but after three surgeries, plus a major knee injury for me in just a few months (the surgeries weren’t even related to the injury!), you could see the strain it put on the entire family. The boys have been having so much fun with it, and even the little one has started telling me “get pic!!”.
These three are some of my favorites because they are so different. He actually pointed out this little pocket of light to me in the kitchen the other evening! He pointed at the pocket of light on the wall and shouted “pitty!!” (a.k.a. pretty in toddler speak lol). He stood on a little stool and posed for me, even turning his head for me toward the light as I directed him to do. I’m so used to working with younger babies who don’t take any direction, I forgot how nice it is once toddlers start to understand a bit of instruction and direction for photos! He was quite excited when he saw the finished edited photos, and I am so happy that I have such an observant little assistant! I am definitely going to be on the hunt for more pretty pockets of light throughout our house!