I feel like this is probably connected to the post I wrote last week, but one of my biggest regrets in life (aside from obvious things like writing a lot of terrible poetry in college and the bad pixie cut that took three years to grow out) it is that there are so few photos from our first restaurant. There was not much money and even less time back then for "extras," but looking back, I wish we'd taken the time to document our life, our family, in that space a whole lot better. The place saw pregnancies and baby showers, birthdays, and family gatherings. It was the place where Ewan went from newborn to toddling around like he owned the place (he did). It was the place where I nursed him next to the walk-in in the office basement, and the place where we spent so many long hours, pouring everything we had into what we hoped would someday become a restaurant that people really cared about. It was not unlike losing a family member the night we closed those doors, and we have very little photographic evidence to show for our time as a family there. I was determined, determined, not to let that happen again with our new restaurant.
I may have very mixed feelings about social media and the like, but I am also fortunate enough to have met some incredible people through it. I was "introduced" to Posy on Instagram through a friend, and immediately admired her work, her wicked sense of humor, her humility and kindness. I began to realize that our children were eerily similar (despite gender and a five-year age difference), and started opening up to her and she always knew just what to say when I was struggling. We eventually became friends in real life. I knew when the time came to take photos at the new restaurant, she was the only person I could imagine doing it. I once told Aaron that talking to Posy felt like talking to someone I had known for a very long time. It's a rare feeling, and one I don't take lightly. A photo session with her feels much the same way. Like spending time with someone who sees the real you. Totally effortless. She took photos one recent morning at both of our "homes" (our house and our restaurant), and I wanted to share a few of them here. There are lots more over on her blog if you are interested in taking a peek. I think it goes without saying that I cannot recommend her enough if you're looking for a lifestyle/family photographer.
Thank you, Posy. We are so lucky to have these photos and you in our lives. xx