Today I am so happy to share with you the magic of photographer, Justin Hackworth.
"This is how it's going to work," he says, "You guys just do your thing and I'll just start taking shots."
Sure. Here we go. Fingers crossed.
Welcome to Soho, New York!
Danny and I feel spoiled rotten to have so many professional photos. I mean, we figured we'd just have our wedding photos and that would be it for a long time - at least until we had a baby. But somehow it hasn't turned out that way. We're very grateful we've been able to document our little family in the meantime. I will treasure these photos so much. There is so much amazing history behind our time together.
Getting ready for a photo shoot is a little bit tricky, isn't it? Oh, what to wear! I'm usually painting my nails on the train on the way to the shoot. :)
There is no one on earth I'd rather be in a photograph with than Danny. When the photographer says to look at each other, I end up not being able to take my eyes off of Danny. In fact, I get kind of dreamy and carried away in the moment that I forget we're being photographed (Justin, could you tell? haha!) I mean, to have Danny just looking at me, so joyful and exuding all the love in the world...it just makes my heart hurt and my eyes feel all twinkly. :)
You see, when Danny looks at me, there is not one ounce of hesitation, disapproval, or awkwardness coming from him. Instead, he just offers love, kindness, approval and joy. I never had that before. I can assure you it didn't used to be this way! Never in my life have I felt such happiness with my partner - even in front of a camera. It's amazing how much a photograph captures.
But you know what? Danny just lives that way - he does it very deliberately because that's just the kind of man that he wants to be. Anyone who has met him would tell you that he makes you feel loved, uplifted and admired. And also, I've learned to not necessarily rely on Danny to provide all this happiness for me. I know that sounds tricky and it's hard to explain. But because I don't put that pressure on him and instead take responsibility for my own wellness, it's like my happiness is all the more real...and I then have it to offer him, too. Anything that he offers me (which he does!) is just icing on the cake. It has made all the difference.
Love to you all on this Monday!
Here's to a good week for all of us.
P.S. I know you don't need a loving partner to feel joy. You can feel it on your own. In fact, that's when you know it's real. This is the first photo of my life where I felt it. It was a couple of months before my first husband left. But I can assure you, that joy you see was all my own. In my dreams - I want you all to be able to document yourselves feeling joy....the REAL kind of joy that is not dependent on your circumstances. Keep that in mind. If the stars align, I would love to somehow have a photo gallery of all your beautiful faces. I want to add a few things to our site and that is on the list!
P.P.S. We are always battling the New York minute around here, and so for this shoot I called Madewell and said I'd be stopping by. I asked if they could pull a few ideas together in advance. When I arrived, they had some suggestions and it made it a lot easier to pick and choose what I liked. Ask for Melissa Haske at the Soho location. She was so helpful!