Let's Be Honest I slipped out of bed at the earliest inklings of light to prepare for the tooth fairy.
I had arrived the night before, just in time to join in the excitement of little T's lost tooth! I didn't want to miss the discovery of magical gifts. But it had been a late night, and all three children were still sleeping. So I wandered.
I wandered through rooms, hoping to discover more about this family. Homes tell the most honest of stories, after all.
I found traces of abandoned art projects and early morning alone time; remnants of a meal prepared for friends and yesterday's play; growth charts etched on a door frame and a chore chart propped against the wall. All these were clues of genuine family life.
Sometimes we try carefully conceal the raw truth of the lives lived within our homes, but real life tends to expose itself somehow, someway. Maybe that's why we often hesitate to invite people over. We're afraid to invite them in.
The problem is that when we withhold our real lives from people we care about--when we believe it's okay to forgo hospitality because we haven't folded laundry in over a week or the counters still aren't properly cleared, we miss out on the genuine beauty and freedom of transparency.
It's why this mother said that inviting me in with my camera was cathartic! She experienced the freedom of embracing life as-is.
The beauty is that in letting go and letting me in, I was blessed beyond measure. Those clues I had found were verified many times over that morning, and I left this home re-inspired for my own family life and encouraged to continue living with purpose. I felt confirmed in my commitment to authentic living over facade living. I hope the following story expresses that experience. And I hope it leaves you feeling re-inspired too.
On another note, I had a great time in Colorado this past weekend photographing Real Life Stories for three families. I don't think you'll want to miss their stories or the ones I plan to document in Pennsylvania next month, so make sure to subscribe in the sidebar! And to learn more about Real Life Family Sessions, visit here.