bella + mom, may, 18'

 Cheeky, tough, gentle hearted and wickedly funny are just a few of the words I would use to describe these two. I once read that we are 'the combined effort of everyone you've ever known'. I think of this often whenever I meet someone's parents. I love family sessions because when we're younger, friends come and go. But your parents stand to the side and watch, sometimes through the cracks of their fingers and excitedly awaiting your return to hear all the stories you have collected. Mind you, navigating family relationships is never simple or easy for everyone, but because of this remember to pause and take a moment to truly see each other because time is all too fleeting and no one's perfect.