It was a very hectic time when my twins were one year old. I have very little documented in their baby books from age one to two and not as many photographs as I do from newborn to one and two to three year time periods. I spent most of my days that year keeping them from severe bodily injury and death. One twin would be at the top of the flight of wood stairs looking down with a grin, and the other was playing with a bobby pin and the electrical outlet. Ok, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic but I was certainly jumping from one frenzied minute to another. Both of those events did happen but not at the same time but likely the the same day. I should have been much skinnier with all the running around that I did. That year was a bit of a blur but we got through it with only one trip to the emergency room. We had many great moments and glimpses of joy amongst the chaos.
I had the pleasure of photographing this family with one year old twins, and I really enjoyed seeing the glimpses of joy through the other side of the lens. There was a lot of running around but there was genuine beauty in the simplistic heartfelt moments between these parents and their children. The first few years are tough as a first-time parent, but they were some of the best years of my life. There are so many firsts that you experience as parents and that your child experiences on the their journey of growing up. It is really amazing when you take the time to reflect upon it but, when you are in the middle of it, you want to spend your kid-free moments decompressing in front of a cliche romantic comedy or enjoying your meal in quiet. It is hard to remember to be joyful when your child just dumped the box of Cheerios on the kitchen floor but, trust me, those moments will make you laugh when you look back.