The Dawkins Family...Best day ever.
so many helpers
surrounding little LuBird
all with gleeful hearts
because Lu is joy.
she is happiness, love, bliss,
a beacon of light.
As most of you know, I started offering new sessions when I rebranded my business earlier this year. One of these options is the Best Day Ever, where I spend a whole day with a family. To get these sessions going, I knew I wanted to photograph Jason, Juliet, Lucia, and Scout.
I did a longer session with them last year as part of a personal project. And I knew pretty immediately that I wanted to photograph them long-term. They inspire me in a way I can't articulate. And when even I don't have words for something, I know it's special and worthy of my attention.
Their days are a puzzle of scheduling that they all have mastered pretty incredibly. Lucia can have anywhere from 1-3 appointments in a day, so Jules and Jason organize their days around them, building in time for fun, eating, naps, and of course, their own work. On this particular day, she had a massage, then school, then a chiropractor appointment. It's beautifully chaotic yet peaceful and very impressive to watch.
I found myself drawn to Scout more during this shoot than I did the last time. She is growing and understanding more—she wants to be a part of Lu's schedule, helping with her routines. Her name means to go ahead of or look out for, which was an intentional choice. She is Lu's scout, her guard. I can't imagine how proud Scout will make her parents one day or the depths of her love for her older sister. I know that I will stick around to watch though.
Buckle up, this is a lot of photos (and I even restrained myself from posting more!).