I have just a little bit of history with The Van Dyke family. Which, really starts with my son, Taylor and his elementary & middle school best friend Alex Bayme. That is just the beginning too, because Bailey became friends with Emily Bayme (Alex’s little sister). They danced together, we carpooled and we carpooled, back & forth and back & forth. Jen (A.K.A. Jennifer) is Alex and Emily’s older sister. I had met Jen and talked to her occasionally, but I never really got to know her. I remember her standing at the door watching her little sister, Emily run to my car for dance. I can remember Janine, (Jen,Alex’s & Emily’s mom) always talking about Jen and “Phillip”. I remember ODA, when we had our competition’s in Los Angeles and Jen would be there to support her baby sister, so proud and such a huge smile. A very proud big sister…..
Here we are now, just a few years later, Jennifer Bayme, married to the love of her life; Phillip, only to welcome baby Flynn. I arrived to the beautiful Bayme house on a Saturday morning and it was just like when my kids were young. Everyone, running around with Janine taking care of everything. The only difference was, Alex was running out to go get a burrito with friends and Emily was, well, Emily (the baby) was all grown-up. Just a Junior in high school, but, please, someone tell me, where does the time go? That being said, I was so honored to be asked to photograph Jen’s firstborn. It meant so much to me to be able to capture Flynn as a newborn, so tiny and just so precious. To be able to snatch these cherished minutes, through my vision and my passion.
I will forever hold in my mind the way that Phillip looks at Jen, with such adoration, respect, and so very grateful for what he has at this moment. Embracing life….
Janine walked me to my car and I turned to her an said, “You are a lucky mom. I saw the way Phillip looks at Jen, he truly loves her. It must feel good to know that “your baby” is loved like that.” As a parent, in the end, that is all you can ask for.
Jen and Phillip, Flynn is precious. Soak up every lasting moment, even the ones at 2:30 a.m. for those do not last forever.
Thank you so very much for giving me this opportunity to capture this most precious time of your life. Never, take any moment for granted.~Michelle