They were still in their pyjamas, playing together, making happy kids' noises. I was cleaning up the breakfast dishes in the kitchen. Suddenly I noticed how quiet it had become. As a mom of young toddlers, sudden silence in the home is usually suspicious. So I poked my head into the play area - fully expecting mischief in progress. Instead, I found my kids sitting quietly in a chair together, reading a book. I quickly grabbed my camera - which I often keep at hand to capture fleeting, precious moments like these.
Vienna had her little brother on her lap, and they were almost entirely covered up by this big picture book.
It was one of those moments that made my heart melt.
Then I pulled the chair into better light, and handed my children a smaller book. I put a light (my cell phone case) in their lap to make it seem like a magical story unfolded from the book and they were a part of it.
This is what it looked like prior to post processing.
Lastly, I heavily darkened up the image in post processing to make it more dreamy, and magical, and to put the focus on their little faces. I also used a brush in Photoshop to add in some sparkly stars.