When Trace turned one I had the privilege of documenting his sweet little clan at one of my absolute favorite locations on the central coast. His mama, Kirsten, is also an extraordinary wedding photographer as well and it was pure delight being able to create these moments for them to cherish forever. His smile, those eyes, the way he grabs their clothes and jewelry… those things are things I still get goose bumps remembering my own littles at that age.
The wonder that a one year old has while being introduced to something like the beach, sand and waves is awe inspiring. Wide eyed and taking in everything surrounding them, all while being embraced by the two people who love them the most. And then the way he looks at Kirsten and Stetson… they are his joy and pride. It just melts your heart!
Raising babies is no joke. And when I sit back and think about it, it truly is one of the most beautiful, important, exhausting, hard, inspiring works ever — you’re raising a human to learn to love the world well, take care of themselves and others, and pour into them truth and confidence in themselves to chase after dreams and passions that they find along the way. Watching Kirsten with Trace pulls on my heart so much, it’s been so special watching my friend turn into the most beautiful mama.