This is a family film. You will learn about each of the children, you will see Dad hanging out. But mostly, what I see this as is a motherhood story. Let me tell you why.
If you've ever had a session with me, you know I start out the process with a questionnaire. Always. I need to know a little bit about you and what is your WHY. This piece of the process is so important, and any session I have gone into without a questionnaire just doesn't feel right. I need to know who you are, who your family is, and the reason you want your family documented.
When I received Bonnie's questionnaire back, I knew this was going to be a special session session. First of all, I knew right away, this mama is my type of person. I have so much in common with her - not only is she also a photographer, but a Special Education teacher too, which is my professional background as well. I could tell by the answers to her question she tells it like it is, and isn't afraid to put it all out there, something I truly admire about her. I loved her honesty and sincerity and what I loved most - and kept in my mind throughout my time at her house - was this:
"I want you to show me that I am a good mom. I want you to show me that none of the shit I suck at matters. I want to see how my children love me and how loved they are by me. I want to show me and my future grown-up children that they had a magical carefree childhood."
I could go on and on about what an awesome mom she is, and how much fun her family has together (my son watched their video and said, "Mom, I think she's funner than you are." I'm not mad - she totally is!); but I won't. All I will say is, WATCH IT. Just WATCH. I don't need to tell you, you will see it over and over again in this small snippet of their family's life.
Bonnie, it was an honor meeting you and your family, and more importantly, I hope I am able to show you just how amazing you are as a mama. While you know your kids are loved - take a look, and see how much YOU are loved.
Mamas, we need this. We need to see it. I am so glad that Bonnie did this because she freakin' deserves it.