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When I got an email from a mom I know inquiring about doing a photo session for her extended family, I was super excited. When she explained that they wanted to do this session before the end of summer because their large family had spent the summer isolating together and they wanted to remember this moment before it slipped away, I was even more excited.

Her email made me realize that she intuitively understands one of the main messages I try to impart in all that I do in my business: that this particular moment in time is worth remembering no matter what it looks like. Certainly this family didn’t plan on spending their summer carefully avoiding contact with their larger circle of friends or skipping the vacations that they might have had planned. But they did end up spending so many days and evenings all together and that fact, in and of itself, made this period in their collective life important to remember. And I couldn’t agree more with that idea.

When I arrived at the home of the matriarch and patriarch of the family and saw the joy on the faces of each person arriving for an evening of outdoor fun and photos, I could see that this was a family that was not only close but that they truly enjoyed being with one another. There were smiles, there was laughter, there was joy and exuberance. There were kisses and hugs and a few happy tears. And there was also t-ball with water balloons–that pretty much put the evening over the top. But above all there was love, plain and simple and easy to see.

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Catherine Hilcove Photography: Family Photography, Madison WI