Documentary Family Session in Philadelphia, PA

I sometimes worry that my pictures appear boring to those that find their way to this space. And I wonder if I should try to photograph something more exciting than babies having their diapers changed or parents pushing little ones on the swing.  But the truth is, babies grow out of diapers and children learn to pump their legs on the swings.  Normal, boring days turn into complicated ones with algebra and puberty and scars and gray hair and retirement savings.  And (I am assuming) we will look back longingly for the simple boring days when our kids were small.     

During the current run of my Visual Storytelling course student Andrea Wolfe shared the following quote, by Mary Jean Irion (who, as it turns out is from Pennsylvania just like the family in the pictures below.)

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.
— Mary Jean Irion

Let us not forget in the sea of legos and barbie shoes that normal is a treasure. 

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