This is the second post in a series that I am participating in with 20-something other photographers. Stories about my life. I am a photographer who likes to capture children in nice clothes, looking their best, with sunlight streaming into their hair, joy on their faces. But we all know that is not how children are 100% of the time. Most of the time, my children are happily playing or talking or reading or eating. Sometimes they are immersed in a game by themselves or with each other. Sometimes they are sleeping peacefully. Sometimes they are sitting on the stairs. Sometimes their attention is stolen by something outside the window. But at all of these times, all of time, they are my boys. I don’t just want to capture them in spotless clothes with huge grins on their faces; I also want to capture them doing what they do, just being them. That is what this post – and this series – is about.

Last week I showed Noah in his pajamas. This week, I am sharing my little guy, Lucas. He looks up to his big brother; he points to him and says “Oh-uh” (Noah) and grins. He calls out for daddy when he wakes up in the middle of the night. He gives me soft little hugs with his head on my shoulder and his fingers wrapped around my neck. He lets all three of us know, without a doubt, that we are his favorite three people in the world.

baby boy on the stairs

brothers playing with legos

I love him so much it hurts. Look at him staring into his future. This picture makes me want to hold him and smell his baby-shampoo hair and squeeze his little squishy body and never let go.
baby in front of a height chart

Lucas, you melt my heart. I love you more everyday.

To see the next photographer’s Story, click here to visit the beautiful blog of talented Australia photographer, Lee Bird Photography!

20 Responses to “Life Stories Series: The Story of Being Little.”

  1. amy lenhart says:

    these are beautiful!!!! got to love brothers!!! i’m sure he will always look up to his big brother!!

  2. Laura Morita-Yeun says:

    It doesn’t matter if you are taking pictures of kids in nice clothes with sun streaming on their faces or taking pictures of a child in his onesie and bare feet. You, Leah Jent, capture the beautiful innocence of children in such a raw and gorgeous way. I love these. I am honored to be part of this project with you.

  3. They are so little and so sweet! Love it!

  4. Jen Snyder says:

    Beautiful, beautiful. I love the way you capture your children in their innocence and dreams.

  5. Amber says:

    Oh Leah, these are amazingly beautiful <3

  6. Kate Craft says:

    So sweet I wish mine could stay lil’ forever.

  7. Danielle says:

    These are so sweet. Your little guy is adorable!

  8. beth says:

    They grow up so fast… and you are a sand-bagger. That means your pictures are awesome and you just pretend you don’t think they are ;)

  9. Verity says:

    such precious moments of boyhood you’ve captured!

  10. amy says:

    love the bare little legs! :)

  11. Kristin says:

    Brothers! I love the bond they share. Great light too :)

  12. Bree says:

    My fave is the last. They are so precious!!

  13. Nancy says:

    Gosh Leah…these are so pretty they make me want to cry! Seriously…reminds me of my oldest 2 when they were this age.

  14. He is adorable Leah! So precious!

  15. Audrey says:

    Leah these are gorgeous and you rocked this story. You make me want to squeeze his little squishy body and he’s not even my kid!

  16. Kelly Mack says:

    They are so adorable.

  17. These are absolutely precious!

  18. So beautiful Leah! Your boys are adorable!!!