“What do you want for Christmas?”
I think I’ve asked that question to every child that’s come into the studio this holiday season.
And I’ve heard everything from legos to a dinosaur that shall be called Sam.
Funny how we stop asking adults that question.
Maybe because we know the answer will be vague, or brushed off. once we hit a certain age, gifts aren’t supposed to be asked for anymore. The lists we made as children morph into subtle hints or hidden wishes. Because see, by adulthood, we’ve learned the terrible art of hiding our true feelings. And most awful of all – some of us have quit believing in anything is possible.
I think that’s why I adore photographing children. The innocence and trust they carry in their hearts shine right through their eyes. They’re gullible enough to still believe in dreams coming true.
I’m not going all Disney on you, don’t worry. This isn’t a plug for Santa and the North Pole.
But how could it hurt to want something and allow yourself to hope, pray, and wish for it?
I mean, what’s the worse that could happen? You’re no worse off than you were before if it doesn’t come to pass.
I am preaching to the choir on this one.
Open up your heart and your mind WIDE. Kids do it all the time. They don’t stop wishing for things if it doesn’t work out. Resilience is one of their defining qualities. That’s why they enjoy Christmas more. Every single thing about the holiday is wondrous. The Reason we celebrate life and love at all started Christmas night. The son of God Almighty born into this human world – I mean, how can we NOT believe in miracles after that?
This is Christmas, guys. If we can’t hope for things now, we won’t ever be able to.
So dream big. Shut your eyes and wish for all of those things that you convinced yourself just won’t happen. Because wishing leads to doing. And doing leads to having.
You think three years ago I would have thought I’d have a photography business that has brought me more joy and more connections with fantastic people that I thought possible? You all make my days by allowing me to share in telling your stories. I cannot thank you enough. I simply cannot. Your confidence in me has opened doors to places I didn’t know existed. So thank you. And know that this Christmas, I count you all as blessings and friends, and wish nothing but peace and joy for you and your families.
And I hope you got what you secretly were wishing for.
And speaking of joy – here are just a few of your fantastic Christmas pictures from this very special holiday season. I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as I did.
Happy Christmas ❤