Not only is Mikhai the most adorable little 14-month-old, but I got to have my camera out, snapping away, while he experienced his first visit to the beach ever. I got to capture the discovery of sand (which he loved) and the first time he noticed (and then couldn't stop staring at) the endless expanse of water and the alarming sound of the crashing waves.
I hear this from parents a lot, that we experience the world again through the eyes of our children. Their process of discovery unlocks memories of our own firsthand plunges into the unknown, and reminds us of the brevity and beauty of life.
This was a special shoot, because a little over a year ago, I was snapping portraits of my dear friend Arin with a 9-month belly, waiting for Mikhai to arrive... and here he is a year later! I have loved watching Arin adore him and embrace the role of motherhood with strength and beauty. She wanted this shoot to be all about Mikhai, but I snuck the chance to snap a few frames with her in them, and those are by far my favorites!
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