Capturing Banks During His First Year
As some of you know, we are participating in a little shoot with the lovely ladies of Stork Pictures. What they do is amazing. They came to our house when I was about 36 weeks pregnant for our first video shoot. They interviewed Morg and I and captured Banks' nursery as we waited for him. They came again right after he was born. And three months after that. And so forth. When he's a year old, they'll compile the video and images they have from his first year into a final video for our family (it's truly an amazing gift, something I know I'll cherish for the rest of my life).
I haven't been sharing Banks' "quarterly" shoots so far, because, well, they really are just for our family. But, I just had to share his nine month shoot because not only am I OBSESSED with these photos, I felt compelled to share my story of this day. I learned an important lesson. And looking at these photos is a good reminder for me to keep that lesson top of mind.
Jenn and Megan had come over to our house that morning to shoot the interview portion at our home. We had just gotten a membership to the Oregon Zoo for Christmas, so we had chatted earlier about filming Banks at the Zoo for his first time (aside from Zoo Lights) as well. It was late, and cold by the time we finished the interview. I felt the Zoo would be rushed and suggested we do it another day. It happened to be sunny that day (still freezing, but sunny), so Morg pushed for the Zoo. I was visibly annoyed. I had other things to do, it was already late. But instead, we rushed to get sandwiches and get in the car.
We arrived at the Zoo and Morg turned to look at me, "I forgot the stroller". I was so pissed. I thought to myself, "what a waste of a photo shoot!". Now Banks was going to be in a god-awful rental stroller from the Zoo. He was in an outfit that I had shot him in multiple times already. I would be in an old puffy coat and beanie. I was in the worst mood and just wanted to get it over with.
We walked into the Zoo and Morg rented the "stroller". He put Banks inside and showed him how he could "steer" with the toy steering wheel. Banks was in heaven. He was cracking up. His hand was on that wheel the entire time.
Morg looked at me and said, "See, everything doesn't have to be perfect all the time." He was right. I was so angry that these photos weren't going to turn out perfectly styled, that I almost missed the pure joy and wonderment of Banks enjoying the Zoo for the first time.
These photos are my absolute favorite. This is us. Truly our family. I hope I always remember to capture every moment. ESPECIALLY the imperfect ones. They always turn out to be my favorite anyways.