Have you ever had a moment or an experience that completely convinced you that you were exactly where you're meant to be, doing exactly what you're meant to do?
That was my shoot with Davin.
The day I met Davin was just an all around awesome day. I spent the morning photographing Santa with dozens of kids. I don't know if you've ever had an opportunity to just sit and watch kids light up for hours on end- but that was what I got to do for the whole morning. As the Santa pictures wound down, Santa and I got to talking about my little girl...and Santa said he would follow me home to pay her a visit!
If you're here you probably have a little one- so just imagine the super-hero bouncy feeling I had as I drove home with Santa following close behind in his lifted truck (Santa has a pretty serious vehicle when he's not driving the sleigh haha!) on his way to meet my girl at our house. Yeah. I was flying.
So that sets the scene for the mood I was already in when I first said hello to Davin. This kid- man he's something else. Davs is a natural born performer- you know the type...they just ooze energy and charisma- their personality JUST this side of overwhelming, but never quite crossing that line. And of course, he IS a performer. Davin is a ballet dancer- an incredibly passionate and talented one.
The second I first clicked my shutter magic happened. I'm not sure I had a bad shot for the whole session- the scenery was perfect, and I barely directed him at all. It was the kind of symbiotic session where Davin was doing what he loved (dancing and performing while being fawned over by an adoring fan) and I was doing what I loved. It was perfection.
I even drove home to the most incredible sunset.
This kid is something special- hes had some truly rough times, and his incredible mother works her tail off to keep him in dance. One day I know I'll be purchasing tickets to see him dance professionally- and for now just watching him grow as a dancer is such a privilege.
My sweet little muse. I know how lucky I am you are mine- I know from experience how few toddlers care to sit still for a photography let alone POSE for one. I also know how lucky I am that you DON'T always sit still- that you've taught me to follow your lead and let you be you- you taught me that capturing what is actually there is often far more beautiful than the "cheeeese" moment. You left me with no choice BUT to believe in myself, because I couldn't imagine not being able to beautifully capture as much of your childhood as I could. You pushed me to learn, and your natural playfulness inspires me every day. Thank you my sweet little munchkin, for being you.
For my first Inspirational Focus I want to target a one of a kind photographer- Hailey Faria. Hailey creates some of THE most incredible styled shoots you will ever see. Her images have such an ethereal quality and she has an amazing talent for snagging the light in exactly the right place (a very helpful talent for a photographer.) A (very) small sampling of her work;
Hailey is currently based out of Oahu, HI but will soon be moving- so if you're planning a family vacation out her way, I highly recommend taking an hour out of your vacation and snagging a session with her- you won't regret it, I know we didn't!
<My family March 2014>
All images in this post are copyright of Hailey Faria Photography