What Love Looks Like | February Blog Photo Project | NH Photographers

Welcome to Round 2 of our winter-long series of blog projects, brought to you by New Hampshire’s custom portrait photographers. A group of us have gotten together to form a blog circle with a monthly theme that you can follow by clicking the link at the end of each post, and click through the entire circle of participating bloggers.  Last month we had great success with our Day in the Life Project.  This month we’re up to 10 bloggers, and the theme is “What Love Looks Like” and was to be interpreted in 3-5 photos.

Yes, I went there and did the obvious thing. Kids.  It’s hard when your life is confined to the same four walls every day to think outside the box very much. People keep telling me it will get better, but that time hasn’t come yet.  In the meantime, you’ll have to keep looking at my kids.  🙂

This is what love looks like:  our home and our lives have become the scene of daily occupational and speech therapy and special ed preschool for our 4 year old autistic son Drew. Every day is a scheduled, sensory-regulated experiment in finding balance between a normal childhood & family life and finding ways to take the edge off of normal experiences that may be too overstimulating/understimulating/loud/tiring, etc  resulting in sensory overload or as they call it in the OT world “disregulation”. Weekly therapists are worth every penny, and seeing our son become more independent, communicative, confident, making relationships and building strength, balance, and coordination…..is priceless.

This is what love looks like:  enjoying our completely typically developing 2 year old Parker (nevermind his current Dumb & Dumber hairdo–needs a haircut!) and enjoying every minute of his totally normal life. I love that he uses words like “volcano,” “disappeared,” “delicious,” and tells me with complete solemnity that “it’s just a picture” while looking at a spider in a book.

This is what love looks like: My two boys, right here, right now.  They’re only two and four, but we’ve already been through so much with them that photos like this just make me stop and think and go, “Wow.”  We don’t know what the future holds for them, either individually or together, but we hope that we continue to make the right decisions and get them whatever they need. Wings and roots…. yadda yadda…..all that good stuff. 🙂

To continue following the blog trail, head up north to scenic Wolfeboro and visit Jennifer Combes of Sunflower Studios to see how she interpreted this month’s theme.

8 comments
  • Michelle Heath - Wonderful post Erika!

    “People keep telling me it will get better, but that time hasn’t come yet”

    You could post about those two handsome boys every day and I would come back and read and swoon over them all 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carey Hough | NH Photographer - Erika – your boys are absolutely precious and adorable! You can feel that maternal love shooting, beaming out of these photos! I absolutely adore your captures…and am wishing you guys all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - Adorable, adorable, adorable! Love them, and love that you focused your love post on two of the greatest loves of your life…ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Erika, These pictures really show what love is all about. Your children are adorable and you seem like an amazing mother! I love that their personalities radiate through these images. Happy Valentines day!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara via Facebook - This is just the best!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Erika- As they say with children, the days are long, but the years are short. Thank you for taking the time to document that worthy and self-sacrificing work that you do day-in and day-out….If you are ready for a good cry, check out http://www.katherinecenter.com/defining-a-movement/ (I will be revisiting this around Mothers’ Day).ReplyCancel

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