I have almost been a mother for 18 years, and with that comes some wisdom. Back when my oldest was a newborn I was always told how fast to expect my children to grow up. Even though I would smile on the outside I was rolling my eyes in the inside.. But they where right. Sometimes they grow so fast that they are almost unrecognizable from one year to the next. These image are of my oldest son Isaac taken exactly one year apart. The first two are summer 2016, the last two are of THIS summer! I had NO idea when I was photographing Isaac in 2016 that those images would be some of the last of my little boy. I had NO idea He was going to grow more than 6 inches, grow a mustache, gain a deeper manly voice and grow in such maturity I can have adult conversation with him. I wish I had that information because I probably would have taken more pictures of him, but I thought I had more time... I love my Man child but my heart can't seem to keep up with the pace they are growing! You may not realize it but in 12 months from now your child may be a totally different person than they are right now, in both looks and personality and sadly kids do not grow back down. This is why I am a child photographer, and why I want portraits of my children at least every 12 months if not more. I need those memories, I need to be able to look back at these images in shock about how this felt like yesterday and I wish I would have listened to all those warnings about how fast this season of my life would fly by.