Eight and a half weeks. Eight and and a half weeks is all that’s left before summer break. It’s always bittersweet this round up at the end of the year. Pants are growing too short, wrists are beginning to show on longsleeve shirts, backpacks look decidedly more disreputable than they did at the beginning of the year. The baby teeth that have fallen out, the big teeth that have grown in( or not), the middle schoolers are taller, lankier, smellier… Beautiful and awkward at this in this stage. For me this year means I have another child leaving his primary years and heading to middle school, I have another heading to her senior year. As it should be -but, oh, still it causes a tug on my heart. These funny in between stages … for the middle schoolers there is such a strange, humorous, wonderful grace to them – not adult, not child.
The years go by very quickly, as they do and I am grateful that I’m a photographer. I’m not waiting till the picture is perfect to take it, I’m not waiting till there’s a sunny day, till the braces are gone, til the hair grows out, til the teeth grow in. They are beautiful as they are. We so often wait, we mean to do it, saying we will do a photo shoot when the weather is beautiful, when the leaves are turning colors , when the children are older, when the family is visiting, when we’ve lost 5 pounds, but the time is now-there has actually never been a better time to document these amazing, chaotic, beautiful lives we live.
So yes, you should call me and you should book a session. And I could tell you all about how memories matter, and how you’ll never spend any money that will last quite as long as these images do… And that’s all true. But mostly I’m going to tell you that I will be photographing my own children, and that in a year I will be grateful for those pictures and in five years and in 10 years and in 40 years. I will be glad I didn’t wait till they were older, til the teeth came in, til the zit it was gone, til I was skinny. ( because it’s nice when the parents are in the picture too, sometimes!)
So book a session with me, there are pocket sessions, perfect for just the kids, there are regular sessions.( You can visit my pricing page for all the information–https://raincliffsphotography.com/…/pricing-for-portrait-s…/) (returning clients and CFI families inquire for special deals!) For those of you leaving CFI and heading to high school, I recommend the school- our school is so beautiful— what a great way to remember all those memories. We can go to parks, we can go to your favorite place, we can go to THIER favorite place, I can come to your house and take pictures of you all just hanging out and playing games or making dinner.
Do it. Because time flies.

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