Fingers crossed and saying my prayers for safe transit, I packed up the film I shot all summer long and shipped it out to be developed. When the package arrived, Ben and I sat in bed together and flippedÂ through the prints, my heart exploding with every photo. This summer wasn’t just any summer, it was Juniper’s first summer, somethingÂ I anticipated since that second pink line appeared 18+ months ago.
Part of the joy of parenthood is sharing the things you love with this new little person. It may be your 200th visit to the beach, but it’s the first time she’s felt sand in her toes, and it may be your annual camping trip at the usual spot, but it’s the first time she has woken upÂ to the sunny pattern leaves make on the tent walls in the morning.
This summer was full of “Juniper’s firsts”, and part of that was sharing placesÂ with her that meant a lot to us growing up. We visited The Farm where she held a kitten and giggled when she touched a baby goat. We went camping at Peninsula State Park where she rode in a canoe andÂ took naps in a cargo wagon. She ate fruit straight from the orchard, visited beaches,Â parks, and pools, and soaked up the summer sun right in our own backyard.
Every outing required more planning and packing than any previous summerÂ (babies come with SO much stuff), but as anyone who has ever loved anyone knows, the joy of wonderful things is multiplied when you see someone you loveÂ experience that joy. And we are closing out the summer with a heart full of memories and a head full of stories to tell as she grows up.
It’s amazing how children can change how we experience our world.Â Everything is new again — just like magic.
Photos above from 35 mm film scans July-September.
Blog title taken from song “People Take Pictures of Each Other” by The Kinks.
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