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Some Serious Garden Envy

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I haven’t posted any of my sessions in quite a while so I am going to try to play catch up.

This was such a laid back fun session. I played with the girls in their amazing garden for two hours. The photos only hint at the beauty of it. It felt like everywhere I turned there was another cozy sitting spot. I had some serious garden envy.  I absolutely love photographing families with kids this age. I feel like it’s kind of a “sweet spot”of parenting.

Letters to Our Daughters | June 2012

Letters to Our Daughters - June 25, 2012SiblingsHappy Birthday BenSiblingsSiblings

Girls,

Six years ago today, was a very good day for us. You girls would would gain a brother and your Dad and I would become parents to a sweet baby boy. Although I was excited, I fretted for months about having another baby. How could I possibly love another child as much as I loved you Stella? I had never loved anyone like that before, so how could it be possible twice? I worried how you would feel about not always being the center of attention. And even more worrisome–how in the world would I deal with two children under two? Of course it turned out that all the worrying was for nothing. As with all of you, the moment I held Ben, it was like he was always with us and I had always loved him. Like a switch inside of me just turned on. And he really was SO loveable. His laid back demeanor reminded me so much of your Uncle Justin. He rarely cried (because of this his daycare providers adored him) and the smiles and laughs came easily. I wish I remembered more but it was all such a whirlwind. It still is such a whirlwind.

While I once worried about what life would be like with another kiddo, now it’s hard to even remember what life was like before Ben. Sometimes I feel badly that he is dragged around with us three girls while your Dad is at work, but we dote on him for sure. He keeps us laughing most of the time (he has the most contagious laugh). And he certainly keeps me on my toes. It’s not always easy and often it’s downright exhausting. I don’t know if it’s a boy thing or if it’s a Ben thing, but there is certainly a different energy level with Ben. But as hard as it is, I honestly love that too. I can’t be complacent with your brother because he will call me out on it like no one else. He makes me want to be a better Mom. Not that you girls don’t, but Ben challenges me to be a better Mom and I know that we are all better for it.

The three of you are so close and I hope you are always like this… hugging, laughing, joking, squeezing, cuddling, teasing… okay maybe a little less teasing would be okay.

Six years ago today my heart doubled in size and even if I wasn’t consciously thinking about it yet, it set us on a path towards you Pilar. Six years ago today I became the luckiest Mom in the world again.

xo
Mommy

P.S. (Pssst Ben-Ben, Happy Birthday sweet baby boy. You have grown-up so much this year. Between you and I, I wouldn’t mind if you slowed it down just a tad, okay? I love you more than one robot.)

P.P.S. Seriously kiddos, you three are impossible to get a photo of together that doesn’t involve squeezing, pinching, joking, licking, burping, pouting, squirming, etc. The amount of bribing that went on today was unprecedented and the long list of demands includes a movie tomorrow (Brave) and no photos for a week. Pinkie-promise.

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I was a little late with my letter this month (no surprise to those who know me well), so I hope you didn’t miss out on the amazing posts of the rest of the group. Click here to read the blog post of Amy Lucy Lockheart | Minneapolis Family Photographer. She is the master-mind of this project and the mother to beautiful twin girls.

 

julia - June 26, 2012 - 8:34 am

I love this Jody. Your images made me smile, and totally remind me of my three squirmy, silly, giggly kiddos. I love that you created a letter to your girls about their brother – what a bright and happy bunch they are!

karen - June 26, 2012 - 9:59 am

love your words and the images, jody… the colors, the light, the love. perfect.

Kirsty-Abu Dhabi - June 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

Those photos are worth every single bribe you paid – the interaction between the three of them is just pricless… and I love that the letter is to your girls about Ben – he’s clearly such a special link between them

rashmi - June 27, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Happy Birthday sweet Ben!! I was thinking about you jodes…in my usual over thinking way and wondering how you would write to your girls when it is obviously Ben’s special day! And you did it so perfectly!
Love your letter and the photos….priceless!!! Better than any socalled perfect photo of them all looking at the camera and smiling! You capture life so well.Xoxo

Letters to Our Daughters | May 2012

Letter to our Daughters May 2012Letter to Our DaughtersLetters to Our DaughtersLetter to Our DaughtersLetters to Our Daughters


And I hold you…

And I forget that you’re young.
And I kiss you…
And I know that you’re so young.
And I need you…
And I forget that you’re young.
And I please you…
And I know that you’re so young.

The Ravonettes/Forget That You’re Young - (Pilar’s Favorite Song)

 

Pili-Pie,

You recently turned four and it seems that not a day goes by that I am reminded that you are much-too-quickly becoming a little girl and less less of a baby. I adore the little girl you are becoming, really I do, but I already miss that baby so much. This next year will be your last year home with me before you go to kindergarten. How did that happen so quickly? I wonder if you notice me, watching you from a distance, with a lump in my throat trying to soak up every minute of you? I’m worried I am missing it–missing you. That I am too caught up in the daily grind of life–juggling schedules, trying-my-hardest-to-keep-a-semi-clean house, homework… too caught up in facebook, blogs, pinterest and photography. And I’m terrified that time will steal or dull these memories like it has so many others. I don’t want to forget:

  • the way you tightly grasp my hand and skip freely as we walk down the street
  • the soft and sweet “energy kisses” you give me on my cheek when I am struggling to carry you in my arms (which is as often as possible because I know it won’t last much longer)
  • playing hide-and-seek with you which usually involves you sitting in the middle of the room with a blanket over your head in a fit of giggles (between you and I, you are pretty bad at hide-n-seek)
  • how me kissing your boo-boos magically makes it all better (what parent doesn’t wish this could last a lifetime?)
  • the way you drift off to sleep nuzzled and breathing softly into my neck when we cuddle at bedtime
  • how your sleepy cocoa brown eyes light up–surprised and happy–to see me when I wake you in the morning
  • the way you say, “I’m drinky,” instead of “I’m thirsty.” (I make sure no one corrects you.)
  • the way you cock one eyebrow and shrug your shoulders and say, “Well… okay. If you say so.”
  • how you excitedly run to the car when it’s time to pick up Ben and Stella from school (I hope you are always so close)
  • the view of you gleefully singing in the rear view mirror of the car… “And I know that you’re so young…”

I don’t want to forget any of it, so I promise to be better about balancing my time and truly being WITH you and not just in the same room as you. I am going to take fewer jobs, really try to switch to film… spend less time taking photos of you playing and more time playing with you. I don’t want to have any regrets about this last year at home with you. You may not be a baby forever, but you will always be my baby.

Kisses for energy,
Mom

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Nine other photographers are participating in the Letters to Our Daughters project. They are an incredibly talented group of photographers who write letters that will pull at your heart-strings. I hope you will click-thru and follow the circle. Next up is the beautiful Julia Stotlar | Chicago-Area Photographer.

Sarah C - May 25, 2012 - 11:36 am

I just love these photos to pieces!! Those backward wings are just so precious! She has so much personality and it just radiates on through!! I love your letter and the list you made for her. My son starts kindergarten this year and it is SUCH a bittersweet time! Hugs mama!! Really really beautiful letter!

julia - May 25, 2012 - 1:12 pm

I couldn’t love this more. What a wonderful letter, and these emotions hit so close to home for me, with only one more month until my baby turns 4. Your images of her are delightful, so much of her personality shines through, and I loved reading about all of the things that make her who she is at this moment in her life. Perfect, Jody.

megan - May 25, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Jody, this is SO sweet. <3 She's gorgeous, and I love these photos of her. Your letter brought tears to my eyes too. It's SO TRUE! Beautiful letter, beautiful girl.

karen - May 25, 2012 - 2:06 pm

gorgeous jody and love your words…

jess - May 25, 2012 - 4:29 pm

love your photographs…so vibrant and whimsical. and your girl is a doll…i sense lots of spunk :) . and i share your sentiments exactly. in fact…it’s like we almost wrote the same letter :) .

Amy Lucy Lockheart - May 25, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Jody, you painted such a colorful picture of Pilar and the little things she does that are so unique. I don’t ever want to forget those special little things my girls do, either. I just adore the energy kisses and “I’m drinky”. :) What a precious girl you have. Love your letter and your images. <3

Susan Bartolini - May 25, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Gorgeous Jody….really gorgeous. Would you mind me asking if these are digital or film? I love the color, feeling and texture.

Jil Anderson - May 25, 2012 - 7:48 pm

So wonderful Jody -both the photos and the letter. I always tell Wade that he will be my baby forever. And, I mean it too. Time goes so quickly. Thanks for sharing.

Jil Anderson - May 25, 2012 - 8:39 pm

one more thing Jody. Your comment about Pilar saying “I’m drinky” reminded me that Wade used (still does?) say “Too tasty, Mommy” when something is spicy. Still cracks me up!

Ashley - May 25, 2012 - 9:11 pm

Beautiful Jody! You are ao humble – as a photographer, as a writer, as a mother. I find that the hardest thing to capture in a photo of a child is there smile – yet, Pilar is always has an ear to ear grin in almost all of your pictures of her. You are doing something right!

karla addess - May 25, 2012 - 10:25 pm

Dear, dear Jody,
I am continuously smiling with your “motherhood”. You are a gift and that you married my son is simply bliss. Thank you and much love, Karla

Jody M - May 26, 2012 - 10:35 am

Thanks everyone! I don’t mind at all Susan–they are digital and shot around noon. I was trying to keep her in open shade but some are in direct sunlight. I was trying to keep the sun behind her as much as possible.

Rashmi - May 26, 2012 - 3:08 pm

*gulp* tearing up reading your letter Jodes. Pilar is just so beautiful and these photos really show off her personality so well… i can hear her little giggle in the watermelon photo. :)
It does not seem possible that she will be going to Kindy next year? Sniff sniff. I can’t wait to see you shoot more film.. i feel it is such a perfect medium for your style of shooting. xo

Kirsty-Abu Dhabi - May 27, 2012 - 11:11 am

I love that you wrote all these moments down to treasure them – she’ll change too fast as we both know – and these little Pilar-isms will change. She is such an adorable sweetie

Emma Wood - June 3, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Jody, your words are so very special and combined with those amazing images, just so powerful. I feel your love for your sweet girl, it made me tear up, in the best way possible. <3

Marya - June 18, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Jody thanks for sharing this – I love these beautiful photos of beautiful Pilar and I loved your letter – you are an inspiration to me as a mom :)

soulmates and clown noses

Middleburg Wedding
Exactly one month ago, I spent a day I will truly never forget with this beautiful couple who are proof positive that soul mates exist. I have no doubt. I have so much to say about this session, I hope I can find the words when it’s time, but not yet… lots more to come soon.

Megan Cieloha - May 20, 2012 - 2:33 pm

I feel like I know them from just these two images. Beautiful couple and beautiful images, Jody!

Rashmi - May 25, 2012 - 1:00 am

Beautiful photos of beautiful people, both inside and out.

charlie

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A few quick photos of my niece Charlie playing in her backyard. While the rest of the cousins were inside playing video games, Charlie was outside playing by herself for probably an hour… swinging, hula-hooping, and exploring, so of course I had to run out and take a few quick photos. I love her independence.

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