Like all parents, I feel like my children are growing up way too fast. Since they are so close in age and our family does a lot of activities together, the milestones and years just seems to be slipping by at an alarming rate.
I recently took the children to a photo session with Melanie from
Aria Arts Photography. Not only did she take the time to make the children feel comfortable in her studio but she also followed their cues and patiently waited through outfit changes. My daughter even allowed her to brush and put a curl in her hair, something that I’ve never even been successful with!
Fast forward a few days, and it was time for our second appointment with Melanie, in order to view the images and select the ones I wanted to be printed for their individual folios.
I walked into her studio, was offered a cup of coffee and sat down on the sofa. When she opened up the folder containing the images, I gasped.
Melanie managed to “freeze” both my children for a brief amount of time and in doing so, captured their true “self”.
Anyone who knows my 5 year old boy would say that he is an “old soul”, which is exactly how he appears in this photograph. Also, it is worth noting that he is not the easiest subject to work with in the first place!
At 4 years of age, it is my little girl who has made the biggest changes in the last year. While I love watching her experience new things on our daily adventures, I find myself frequently grabbing her for a quick hug just to say “I love you” while my inside voice is begging to scream “please stop growing!” She is a rough and tumble little girl who enjoys riding her bike, downhill skiing and speed skating. Her outfit of choice is typically a dress of some kind worn over a pair of jeans. She is not afraid of getting dirty and loves digging for worms.
While I sat there viewing the portraits of my daughter, I felt a familiar feeling swelling up in me. The same one that I had while I had watched Melanie take the photograph in question. I remember it still, as my daughter had just carefully taken her place at the little chair, her hands still holding onto the chair as she looked up right before the shutter-release button was pressed.
With Aria Arts Photography, you get more than just digital images in danger of becoming lost, corrupted or obsolete. In partnership with carefully selected photography labs, she conveniently provides several options for a beautifully printed product along with the promise of longevity.
Instead of having images just digitally stored, each child now has a beautifully printed folio of this session on our mantle.
Melanie Dreyer (Aria Arts Photography) is a Nationally Accredited Professional Portrait Photographer who shoots out of her studio or on location. She is passionate about family and children and it shows through her style, patience and professionalism.