MILLIE + JO (the lovely two in the image above)
"Full on side splitting, unselfconscious, nothing else matters laughter at and with each other. This is how we look. This is how each of us sees the other when we are together and how we think of the other when we are apart. In isolation, each of us would probably hate how we look. Fixating on the small things we hate about our appearance. The goofy teeth, double chins, massive forehead.
But then we looked again, and this time properly, and saw the whole picture and it instantly took us back to that exact moment. God knows what we were laughing so much about, probably something naughtygiven who was behind the camera. But whatever it was, it was clearly very funny, we laughed together, hard, and we were bloody happy. Suddenly our little hang-ups no longer mattered. We don’t see them. We don’t remotely care. Actually, when we see this image we think, “OMG do you remember how much fun that was, what a great time we had”.
So for us it's all about the experience, the happiness we felt when fooling around and being completely stupid with each other. So what if our chins multiply and our teeth are on full show when we let ourselves go. What matters is that we can be us, completely and honestly, and man it felt good. THAT is what is awesome and we would not change a thing about that image.
For a hundred reasons and more I've been taking fewer photos of my boy (and never really got started taking them with me in them). Today I picked up my Fuji and captured a shitload of moments and even some where I'm in the frame. Thank you for lighting the inspiration fire under my ass Emma Case 💕🙌
Emma pointed out that, in the end, our photos are for our children, not for us. So I'm going to try and capture more of this everyday love so he has something to see it (as well as having felt it)...
EMMA (from Emma and Rich)
"So I went in, hugged, got myself comfy and proceeded to have one of the most moving and enlightening experiences of my life. When they say it is much more than a photography workshop they are bang on. It’s like an awakening of sorts, a rebirth even.
Actually, this quote from Grosse Pointe Blank sums it up in words better than I can.
Debi: You know what I need?
Marty: You wanna tell me what that means?
Debi: It's a swift, spiritual kick to the head that alters your reality forever.
Marty: Oh, that'd be good. I think."