A warm and bright session of the Denham family that embodies the beauty of family and slow moments together. Creating memories like these is so important in the midst of life that is ever moving and changing. The intentionality of the Denham’s is so inspiring and something to strive for more of for sure!
This session was from a while ago and it is still, to this date, one of my favorites. This family has a special place in my heart. They moved to Vero within the past few years and we became fast friends. Sierra is like a big sister to me, Pete is like a big brother, and I am forever grateful for the friendships we share. They are kind, they lead well, and they love big. Their kids are precious, filled with sweetness, personality, and childlike faith. They radiate joy and never cease to make me laugh!
There are so many things that make these images special, but the reason that sticks out to me the most is the way they emphasize the importance of their home. As they settle into life with a two month old, their home is the most special place to document the season. Not to mention, it is beautiful and their creative visions are so inspiring. From the timeless style to the rich, natural light, their home makes for a lovely backdrop. Sierra is an incredible homemaker, and their home is their ministry. This session was filled with snuggles on the bed, newborn kisses, and the beauty in the everyday. Sierra also had the idea of hanging a sheet in their backyard and I am so glad we did. This gallery is such a great mix of organic and real, as well as artistic and editorial.
The Denham family truly embodies the beauty of motherhood, as well as fatherhood, family, and the home, and I am thankful for the example they have set. -Analise McManus of AGM Creative
What’s your favorite family pastime together? Something that we feel is core to our family culture is our love for hospitality, cooking for people, and making them feel welcomed in our home. We also love a good beach day, coffee dates that revolve around almond croissants and lattes on the weekends, and family movie nights! Any lessons you learned as a family through the last year? I think it’d be impossible to measure how many we have learned! Life moves so quickly with little ones, once you think you’ve got a handle on things you’re quickly thrown a curveball and begin to realize again how much you need to grow and adapt! But, one lesson that we have learned this past year as a family is to just take life as it comes, to be present in the day-to-day moments with each other, and savor how special and sweet our little kids are. They grow up too fast! We relish in the words of Jesus who said, “Tomorrow has enough trouble of its own”, and similarly, it was Ghandi who said, “there are only two days in the year where we cannot do anything, yesterday and tomorrow!” Tell us a fun or silly story that happened to your family recently! We never thought the hair cutting story would come from us but low-and-behold, one morning I (Sierra) was in the kitchen and noticed my two oldest, Liam (5) and Ada (3), were just too quiet playing outside. I opened the window to catch them two seconds too late. They decided to play hair salon and Liam cut a few good chunks out of Ada’s hair. Thankfully it was the underside of her hair and it’s not too noticeable! What does family mean to you? To be a family is to be willing to be fully known, it is to know the best and worst parts of each other and to lovingly commit to the each-other’s growth and wellbeing regardless.
What have you recently done to put family as a major focus in your life? We try to set aside one day a week for rest, delight, and play as a family. It’s a total reset that helps us prioritize what’s important in life. We intentionally plan family activities that revolve around what we love to do and make sure that the kids feel involved in the decision making process. Whether that’s deciding a fun activity (Beach, pool, park, etc.) or deciding what we will eat for dinner that night. We try and make this 24 hour period of time about our identity as a family and celebrating all the good things the Lord has blessed us with. We slow down on technology, limit distractions, and seek to really enjoy one another’s company.
What are the best things you’ve learned from each other? There are so many things! But generally speaking, being a family has taught us the meaning of unconditional love, forgiveness, to be more patient with each other, that we’re better together, and that the highest form of love is to will the good of another- even at one’s own personal expense. If you had one piece of advice for other families, what would it be? We would encourage other families to try and find like-minded family friends to do life with. Having people love us and encourage us, through thick and thin, has been such a blessing. Especially when raising kids, it is crucial to have a community for support and encouragement. We have found this in our church and we couldn’t be more thankful.