Our story right now…

This beautiful package arrived in the post yesterday.

Along with the gorgeous prints, there was a DVD hidden inside. It was a DVD that held the beautiful images Trish captured of our family one evening two weeks ago. From playtime to dinnertime to bath-time to bedtime… Trish documented it all.

I won’t lie. When I first saw the photos a week ago, I definitely shed a few tears. It’s impossible to describe how precious it is to have a slice of our family life captured in this way. The way Trish sees through the lens is just amazing. I adore her work so much.

There’s something about the evening ritual that reflects so much of who we are as a family. Yes, Rick and I often get grumpy and impatient during meal times and it’s usually when we’re at our lowest energy levels, but it’s also the time of the day when we’re all together. It’s the time of the day when we eat together, laugh together, talk together, joke together and sometimes even shed tears together. It’s the time of the day when we tell stories, run around in our PJs (well, the boys anyway) and exchange hugs. It’s the time of the day when we read the bible together, pray together and tell each other how much we love one another.

And so, inspired by Trish’s amazing photos, I’m starting a new mini series here on the blog. Each week, I will share a few photos from the photo shoot that captures a particular moment in the evening, and I shall write words to go with them.

Using Trish’s images and my words, it is my hope that I can record our story right now. With each year that passes, our story will surely change. But for now, this is our story.

And it is precious. And absolutely worth telling.

(Make sure you visit Tealily Photography to see more of Trish’s work.)

22 comments

jody March 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

Oh I am so looking forward to this series! That first image is beautiful.

xo

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Trish March 13, 2013 at 11:06 am

Your family is so incredibly special. I can’t wait to read your words :)

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Jess March 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

Love. These photos are so precious and breathtaking! You can see the love and joy you share with your boys. What a blessing to have these to remember the time right before the new little one. I may just have to do this for a mini maternity shoot before our little guy arrives…”a day in the life now vs. then” would be fun! =) Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to read your story along with the lovely pictures!

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Fiona March 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

Hi Ronnie. I just saw the photos on the Tealily site…they are gorgeous! I just love the one of Jamie with a milk moustache. Priceless!

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Sarah March 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

I adore the rituals of the evening – the rhythmic pace from sundown until we lay down is my favourite time of the day. When we live in a culture that is so fast-paced & driven, it is refreshing to enjoy the somewhat repetitive nature of the evening. Sharing a meal together, enjoying each other’s company & preparing for slumber. I agree, you can tell so much from one’s evening rituals.
Reading the Bible with your boys each evening says it all for me.

I am so looking forward to this series, Ronnie. I know it’s going to be very special.

Sar xx

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Marcia @ Organising Queen March 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I’m off to have a look now but I can’t WAIT to read the series :)

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Bron March 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Had a peek at your photos…they are beautiful and will truly remind you of life as it is right now and not how it will be soon!!! xxxx

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Chloe Moon March 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I can’t wait to see the photos…you have such a gift and you know others with that gift as well to preserve memories and take beautiful and priceless pictures! =)

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Tang March 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

That’s such a wonderful idea for photos! I would love to do that one day and frame some of the images!

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Rachel // heraura.com March 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

i love lifestyle family sessions like that. those photos are just gorgeous!!

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Amber March 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Hi Ronnie!

I’ve been meaning to pop in to your blog for a while but have been so busy! I love coming here- it’s always so inspiring.

What a lovely package to receive in the mail! When we had our daughter a photographer came in to the hospital the day after she was born and took professional photos of her and all of us together. I never got prints, but this post made me wish I had. . . !

I love the new series idea. Can’t wait to see it.

I have a question, needing some advice! How do you stay so active taking photos of your family? Also, how do you not get frustrated?! Do your kids ever shy away from the camera, or just try to grab it from your hand wanting to take a photo themselves? This always happens with my two year old, every time I pull out the camera. With my phone, it’s easier, but the quality of photos obviously isn’t the same.

I always intend to take more photos, every day for us and for my blog, but I always find it so hard packing my camera, in addition to diapers, wipes extra oufit and snacks for the kids. Ahhhh! How do you DO it?!

Glad to have finally made time to catch up on your posts I’ve been missing.

xox

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Pink Ronnie March 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Hi Amber,

Thanks for coming here and reading! That means so much to me. In terms of photos, pretty much all the photos you see on my blog and most of the photos in my Project Life album are ones taken on my iPhone. The reason for this is simply because it’s the camera I have with me all the time. I don’t ever pack my Canon DSLR anywhere. It usually sits in my studio at home, and sometimes when the lighting is nice and we have some spare time as a family (and for special occasions), I will take it out. Otherwise, I’m perfectly happy documenting our family life using my phone camera.

In terms of actually taking the photos of the boys, I don’t do it all the time. I only capture moments that either move me or are particularly special. I figure I don’t need a billion photos of them doing the same thing every day. And yes, it’s getting harder increasingly to get shots of the older boys as they’re moving around so much, but I’m okay with that. I try to just be happy with the ones I do manage to take…

Hope that helps a bit!

Ronnie xo

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Jane Y. March 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I love that picture, Ronnie. Yours is definitely a beautiful story~ looking forward to the series!

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Katherine Vargas March 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I just saw the photos on the Tealily site…they are gorgeous Ronnie.

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Lisa March 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Such wonderful raw and honest images, Ronnie. Love.

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Leanne March 14, 2013 at 12:09 am

That photo looks beautiful, it is so precious to have these times documented. I’ll look forward to seeing more.

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Ritz March 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I love the documented photo…such precious real special moment captured through lens! I am so looking forward to reading and seeing more of this project…once again, the most gorgeous photos on your blog!!

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Heather March 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I love these photos! I only know you through your blog and I even got tears in my eyes at some of these photos. What an amazing gift.

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Debie Grace March 17, 2013 at 4:55 am

I am in love with the first photo. I would love to know your family story. I’ve been reading lovely things in this blog for months now and I want to know more. I feel inspired somehow when I read something from you. I wish when I have my own family soon, it could be as lovely as yours ;)

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lauragofton March 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

I’m looking forward to this series Ronnie. You have a way of documenting the everyday in an extraordinarily beautiful way.

x Laura

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Shoko March 20, 2013 at 4:55 am

your writing is so beautiful – i can’t wait to see the series.

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Latrina March 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Trish done such a beautiful job capturing your family, Ronnie. I’ve browsed the images quite a few times already! <3 And the way she packaged it is simply beautiful!

I'm really eager to read more from this series… I love your stories!

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