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A Little Moana & whole lotta Anna & Leo | Charlestown Family Photographer

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I’m a horrible person.  I’m sitting here writing this post during the eclipse and have 0 interest in going out to see it.  And worse, I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT WAS HAPPENING.  I got schooled by a 2 year old this morning when she told me the sun was hiding behind the moon today and I told her she was wrong and that it was happening tomorrow.  Why?  Because my co-workers, who are toddlers, don’t keep me in the loop.  Because the only station I watch is PBS and they don’t update me on current events.  And, because, frankly, I don’t really care.  I remember watching the eclipse in grade school with a cereal box and tinfoil because my catholic school couldn’t swing the fancy glasses, and honestly, I feel satisfied with my eclipse intake for the rest of my life.  But now that I admitted this to the world wide web, I also have to admit that I feel kinda like a terrible human being.   Being a former teacher, I taught a slew of 3rd graders about the phases of the moon, so shouldn’t this give me at least the slightest little spring in my step to go out and see?  Nah.  I’m just gonna sit here and write you this blog instead.  No judgement, k?

Meet my new neighbors and first time JCP bloggers, Anna and Leo (love the name, don’t you?). Anna and Leo are semi-celebrities around the parks of Charlestown because they are always out and about.  I see them walking by my condo at least five times a day on their way to play and I’m so glad that now they will know me as the camera-lady instead of the exhausted-mom-on-the-stoop who is always chasing after her toddlers (OK, so maybe the camera-lady AND the exhausted mom…) They are mini-socialites and I’m happy to be their paparazzi.

I spent the morning at the garden with Anna and Leo and their very sweet parents, Kari and Walter. We ran, we played, we got some really great shots before we ended up with an impromptu family session (and house tour because, well, you’ll see…) at their amazing brand spanking newly renovated condo.  Their house is amazing; all the conveniences of new with all the charm of old, but that wasn’t what made this house so special.  What I absolutely adored was watching Anna and Leo spend a typical Sunday morning in their home, with their parents, where we blasted Moana and sang and danced in the kitchen, and for the first time, I cried during a photo session.  Being able to give someone pretty pictures at a beautiful garden is such a thrill, but being able to stop time and capture a memory of a typical morning together is a gift I wish I could give to everyone I know.  The love in that house that morning gave me chills.

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Charlestown Family Photographer (19 of 33).jpgPin thisimageStop here.  Blast some Moana, and then keep reading…
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Janelle Carmela Photography (84 of 107).jpgPin thisimageBottom left picture was the tear jerker for me.  Little Anna singing her heart out.
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Adore you guys.
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SQUEEZE.
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Anna and Leo, you two are pretty special and very lucky to have parents that love you so much! I hope you’ll always remember dancing in the kitchen, getting tossed in the air, and the love that’s in these pictures!

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