This adorable series of a toddler playing in bed before falling asleep is enough to melt anyone's heart. But after reading what Jayme of The Paper Deer Photography had to say about the session, I was able to see these images in a different light. While soft and sweet, these are strong, grounded photos. They remind me of all of the quiet times I've spent with my own children and how those times have renewed me. And they remind me how much our children have to teach us about hope and trust and the promise of better days to come. Thank you for sharing such a lovely series Jayme. And please know that I (and I'm sure everyone who reads this) am sending you, your family and your sweet new baby love, light and healthy thoughts.
"Just my son, my bed and my camera but it means more to me than anything other session I have done...
At the beginning of January we found out that our baby to be (due in April) has a heart defect and will need surgery within his first week of life and 3 subsequent surgeries after that until the age of 4. Not the greatest way to kick off a new year. I was quite low and depressed but knew that I needed to get out of the funk. I have always said that photography is my therapy, when i'm behind the camera I don't think about anything other than what's I am shooting and this session I photographed who I love the most...my 2 1/2 year old son, Jensen. Normally (and I don't blame him), he HATES having his photo taken but on this day he was all for it! Being a ham in front of the camera, posing, and for anyone that has or has photographed a busy toddler, they know that is a difficult task haha. We shot this right before and after nap time so I let him take his snooze in our room so I could get some sweet and innocent sleeping shots. Just watching him sleep gave me such a sense of calm and determination. We can overcome this, it's just a bump in the road....our little babe will pull through beautifully <3"