As we welcome our baby boy (!!) in just a few months, I am in a bittersweet season where I am excited to bring my baby home, while wondering if I would still have time and energy to love on all my children. So I have decided to spend more intentional time with my girls right now. Every week I give them one-on-one “mommy-daughter time” and they get to choose what they would like to do with me. Noe always wants a snack and me to read her a stack of picture books, while Em wants me to type up her book, do some crafts, or play Lego together. On some weeks we are so busy that we can’t squeeze even one intentional hour for each other, but I am grateful that they know how much I love and care about them, in the midst of my endless to-do list.
As a mom and a photographer, I always struggle between feeling guilty of not taking enough photos of them, and being present at the moment. To be honest with you, I have often chosen the later because I am exhausted and give myself excuses not to do the hard things. As I dream about taking newborn pictures of Baby S. and making an album for him and our family every year, I was convicted that I should have started taking pictures of my girls RIGHT NOW, not later! To keep myself accountable, I plan to blog about my family pictures every month.
Em just turned nine years old in September and that’s the perfect timing to start this personal project. Originally, I just wanted to plan out a quick birthday photoshoot with Em. But Noe overheard our “secret plan” and was jealous and feeling missing out. So there they were, super early in the morning, all dressed up and cute. They both picked a traditional Chinese dress and I fixed their hair to match their outfit choice. Remember last week I was so confident that I managed to accomplish my entire workflow for a family of six in just an hour? It’s a totally different story when it came to my own children! It was easy to pose Em but for Noe, well, she complained about the wet grass, the heat, the boredom, and on and on… At some point, I really regretted bringing her along. But as I look back at these beautiful photos of the two of them, I am really glad I did!
Teresa Yiu Photography is an APNPI certified and safe newborn photographer specialized in capturing family legacy in the Houston area, including Sugar Land, Katy, The Heights, The Woodlands, Spring, West University Place, River Oaks, Rice Village, Pearland, and Friendswood.
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