The other day someone introduced me to a friend as a photographer.
"Hey, this is my friend Em, she's a photographer."
Firstly my head immediately corrected them inside. "Writer. I'm a writer," it said silently.
Secondly, when I think of a 'real' photographer I think of incredibly technical photos which are then photoshopped and edited to look absolutely incredible.
When I take photos that's not what I do.
I want the images that I capture to tell a story.
In each photo I want personality to jump out. I want the love the subjects have for each other to be evident. I want touch and laughter and silly faces because one day that family will grow up, kids will grow older, and they'll have these incredible unposed snapshots in time - where they were in the moment loving each other, being annoyed by each other and sharing life together.
I tell stories.
And the greatest privilege of wielding my camera is being allowed a glimpse into the lives of others.
Kane and Leish let me in. I was a fly on the wall for a little while, watching and reminiscing the beautiful mess that is life with tiny people. It wasn't hard to let those three little personalities shine through into each shot. It wasn't hard to capture the love between the couple who've birthed four babies in a handful of years.
There was so much peace, and grace and sweetness.
Her children will rise up and call her blessed.
Watching a story unfold before me and then being able to give back a handful of memories is my favourite.