When Nora hit the 8-month mark, we were in the mountains (see here and here). I wanted to incorporate the scenery into her portraits but couldn't figure out how to make it happen between the cold weather, wet ground and lack of photo assistant, who had the nerve to be doing his actual work that week.
A few days went by. And a few more. And I still wasn't sure how I was going to get those photos before 9 months rolled around.
Then the moment arrived.
The girls were playing in the cabin. I sat on the floor to join them, and Nora immediately crawled over and started to climb all over me, babbling and smiling and nuzzling in—her favorite activities. We happened to be sitting by a sliding door when I realized the light streaming through the glass into the dark cabin was amazing.
I grabbed my camera, got back onto the ground and—with her once again climbing all over me—began taking photos. You won't find any mountain landscapes in these portraits. They just capture sweet Nora as I want to remember her at 8 months: happy, active, expressive and cuddly.
I'm Julia Soplop. I've spent my life documenting the world around me in writing and photography. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.