“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “when you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
It’s doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all… because once you are real you can’t become unreal again…”
~ The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
Some people are lucky that they arrive at real before their hair is loved off & their eyes drop out, before they are loose in the joints & very shabby. And these two beautiful humans, Elizabeth & Charles have done just that, which of course means they get to share that realness with their little people.
Early on I had asked Charles a question about how he had found the photo session with me, and as I was packing up & saying my goodbyes to this beautiful family, Charles said he had given it some thought & said a little something something that went like this ” thank you Kelly, today you have given us the space to reflect on all we have” and then we group hugged it out annnnnd I think my heart literally exploded, because guuuuuys this is way more than “just photos” or “some snaps” this is exactly what it’s about, space & time to reflect on all that we have, which is something, something really really REAL.
Ahhh thanks so much for sticking around, let’s make some REAL photos of those you love, yeah? Oh & I’ve got a Special Winter Package happening for the month of August, want to find out more? LET’S CONNECT