Today we are sharing a beautiful family session among an abundance of purple flowers that created such a magical feel as the light slowly faded into an orange glow. Focusing on the beauty of moments shared together, we are inspired to slow down and enjoy the little things in life! If I wasn’t a mother myself, I might not have ever become a photographer. I rented a nice camera for my son’s first birthday to capture his milestone day! After that, I fell in love and wanted to help other mamas remember the feeling of all the important little moments. The laughs, the giggles, the cuddles, and how they clutch your thumb with their little fingers. I facilitate natural connection at my sessions by bringing music and having them play games, dance and sing. Sometimes I just let natural moments unfold and capture these little moments in between. Giving this gift to other mothers has been a great honor for me! -Amber Courtney What’s your favorite family pastime together? As a family we love to do picnics at the lake. We take our hammock, some snacks or even homemade lunch, our picnic basket and spend a day at the lake. We play, we fly a kite, we eat and we rest by watching sunset together. That’s a simple thing that we do together, but we do it more often and we never get tired of it, that’s our precious activity of all time. Any lessons you learned as a family through the last year? As a family, we learned to slow down and enjoy each other in the simple things. For example, we were used to do lots of activities as a family for every weekend, which was fun, but at some point, we got overwhelmed. So instead of doing too many things, we decided to do small things like walking in the neighborhood at evenings or just cuddling each other, make popcorn and watch our favorite family movie. The time we spend next to each other and with each other is the most precious. Tell us a fun or silly story that happened to your family recently! Well, this summer we were playing together at our backyard and one of my children got bitten from the bee. He was screaming, but fortunately he didn’t feel any pain. So we put some ice and ointment on the bitten area, while we were doing that, my other son, the youngest one rushing to bring a pot of flowers so the bee can fly over the flowers instead of his big brother. We all laughed and we were so happy to see brothers to care for each other. What does family mean to you? Family is a foundation and future. A foundation of our faith and love that we can express for each other and a future of hope that growing together in this life stage, we learn from each other and we learn to change the world by kindness. Family is also our safe zone, when we can learn to trust each other, lean on each other and most importantly show love for each other. What have you recently done to put family as a major focus in your life? I started to educate my self about intentionally parenting and learning to become a better wife. I also started to learn to manage my time by making schedules and plans for family errands. Every morning when I wake up, I think what can I do extra to make my home cozy and joyful, so the people in this family feel happier and more loved.
What are the best things you’ve learned from each other? We learned to trust each other, we also learned to respect each other, but most importantly we learned self control, because there are days that can’t handle the frustration and tiredness, but what we do we, we started to think 1-2 positive things and be grateful for that.
If you had one piece of advice for other families, what would it be? Family life is not easy, marriage life is not happily ever after, but it’s happily even after… And parenting sometime can be frustrating but always count your blessings in the first place, have a grateful heart whatever you have and even whatever you don’t have. Learn to love each other, without expectations and learn to serve each other. Communicate with each other with gentle approach and sweet words.
Photographer: Amber Courtney