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The Art of Deliberate Imperfection

The Navajos have a tradition of intentionally weaving in a 'flaw' to their rugs. If you look closely along the borders of many Navajo weavings, you will see a single line extending out from the center to the textile's edge. This line is called ch'ihónít'i, which translates as "spirit line" or "spirit pathway." In Navajo beliefs, thoughts, desires, and prayers are tangible objects that can have lasting effects on the material world. Navajos believe that nothing on earth is perfect and, therefore, it would be insulting to create 'perfect rug.'

I remember learning about this in elementary school and I seem to have internalized this philosophy. The photos that most catch my eye are those that are slightly unraveled. Nothing too posey-posey. Photos that look ever so slightly imperfect. Nothing overly edited. I want the families and people I photograph to look like themselves. If a child is shy, let that child be shy. If a child is wild, let them run. Generally, families don't line up and smile for the camera. Why should I force this in sessions?

When people are allowed to be their comfortable, authentic selves, that is when the magic happens and this is what I strive for. It's my job to help you to be you. :-)

I met Casey and her little dreamers last weekend for a 'Mommy and Me' session. Her kiddos were able to play and have fun with this awesome VW Bus that we rented for the session. Her oldest was ever so slightly shy; her middle child was full of passion; and her youngest seemed a mix of her sisters. The four of them have a lot of love. I think we were able to capture all of this in their photos. Thank you, Casey, for letting me capture these memories!

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