“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr.Seuss
I wanted to invite you into my world for a little bit, I want to share with you why I am so passionate about offering special sessions such as the “Mama and Me” collection. It’s not just to throw an offer out there to make money, there’s SO much more to it than that. Often times, more often than not actually, I look at my son and my eyes start to well up and my heart squeezes and aches, knowing that right here, right now is what is most important. Not who he was as a baby, or who he’ll be as a boy or a young man, but who he is NOW as my little 1.5 year old little independent, loving, and wildly spirited child. I can never get these days back. I’m fortunate enough to be able to take beautiful professional photos of him, and sometimes him and I (if I really can rally to put the effort in in wrangling my tripod) but not everyone has that luxury. These moments with your baby’s are fleeting, spinning around you only for a short time and then they are gone, how could I not be more passionate about capturing these moments?
I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that my son turns two in three short months. TWO YEARS! I can still feel the contractions wrap around my stomach to my back as his great journey outside of the womb began. I can still remember giving that ONE LAST PUSH, I can still feel his soft, warm new body on my chest . I’m holding back tears as I write this now, gosh time just moves to the beat of her own drum. Even on the days where we didn’t sleep the night before and when there never seems to be enough coffee in the world, I hear his little voice asking questions, I feel his little hands on my face pulling me towards him to give him a kiss, I feel his arms wrap around my neck as strong as they can to hug me and i’d take all the sleepless nights in the world for all of that.
I secretly (ok maybe not secretly since I talk about this all the time) mourn the day when he’s grown, when he decides to spread his wings, which I hope are grand and stable, strong and capable. I mourn the day that there aren’t toys scattered on the ground and I gleefully pick up the phone to answer his phone calls to hear how his day is going.
I know I can’t be the only Mama out there that feels this way!! Gosh it’s so hard to slow down and just enjoy the moments organically as they happen but i’m trying. Really trying to take each and every breath with gratitude and grace, putting my phone down more, picking up my head and watching with my eyes and not through the screen of my phone. But as an artist it’s also so important for me to be present with my camera because photographing little moments in our everyday life is SO important to me, and I really think deep down about what has pushed me to dive into a more lifestyle approach with my work and that would have to be it. I want to look back at these moments when he’s grown and gone and still feel his hands on my face, his arms around my neck and to still hear his little voice asking me “What’s That Mama?” And that’s what I want to deliver to my clients.
The thought has passed my mind more than I’d prefer, about when I depart from this earth, and I think about my children looking through all the photos of our past, of their childhood. I want them to have these special amulets to treasure, moments with me that when looking at the photo the feeling of me is so real and so tangible that it brings peace to their hearts. Isn’t that what photography is all about, aren’t they our lives memories, our story of us, laid out to see, to touch, to hold and to reminisce? So that is why I take my camera along, like and document some of the little moments, that’s why it’s so important for me to set up my camera on the tripod and get into the frame. That is why I so fervently try to remind people, especially Mothers why investing with me is more than just “taking pictures.” But it’s documenting your story, your memories, your legacy.
As I write this my little man is popping up on the monitor, waking up from his nap and we’re getting ready to go out and enjoy the warm weather by jumping in mud puddles and picking up rocks and pinecones. So I’ll wrap by saying until next time! Hold your babies a little closer, listen a little more patiently and remember photography is so much more than just a photo, it’s grasping onto that fleeting moment in time and holding onto it forever. For ” The great paradox of parenting is that it moves in both slow and fast speed.”
So I encourage you to make this a priority in your life, invest in your memories and let me be the one to show you how beautiful your story is.
As my gift to all you amazing Mama’s, book your session the week of April 1st (doesn’t have to take place that week but deposit must be sent in) and mention the code “blogmama” and receive 20% off the “Mama and Me” session or $75 towards additional print credit!
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Here are a few of my favorite “Mama and Me” self portraits of my son and I.
And here are some of my FAVE Mama and Me images! I mean what Mama wouldn’t absolutely cherish having photos like these with her babies?