Prepare yourselves for a photo overload. I thought Part 1 was hard to narrow down, Part 2 was even more difficult, & I ended up with twice as many favorites as I planned on. That whole “less is more” saying, yeah, I threw that out the window when it came to this post. I don’t think I’ve ever uploaded as many pictures as I have below so again, keep that in mind when your browser page may or may not crash. Sorry!
Now let’s get to the good part! The actual motherhood storybook. It’s gorgeous, unique, personal & beautifully honest. The book is such an original idea & I can’t thank Victoria enough for giving me this wonderful keepsake. I can see myself at 70, showing my grandbabies what their daddies looked like when they were babies. How amazing is that thought? …and now I’m tearing up writing this so without further ado, I give you –
The book is full of my favorite photos from our shoot together and some personal motherhood questions that I answered from a list Victoria sent to me. (Seriously. What a brilliant idea right?!) I’d love to share 2 questions & answers that are part of my story with you.
I want them to remember and know how much I love them. How much they mean to me, & how much they’ve added to my life. I want them to know they’ve made me a better person. They’ve made me selfless, responsible and patient. They’ve given me more love than I know what to do with, and I want to give them the world in return.
There are SO many! My one, big hope is that my children will never need for love. Chris & I love our boys more than anything in this world & we are very vocal about it telling them how much we love them, & love each other multiple times a day, every day. I hope that after a long, struggling day we never forget to tell them how much they mean to us. My dream is for them to start their own families with as much love as my husband & I have for each other and for them to know the unconditional love of having their own children.
^Kai was giving Rowan the biggest raspberry tickles on his tummy & everyone was CRACKING up! One of my favorite moments from our shoot. ^
We then went outside for the end of our session. It was a beautiful fall day, and we were lucky enough to find an ice cream truck. I’ve always, always wanted to do a shoot with Kai & some messy NYC soft serve Ice Cream with sprinkles. 🙂
^Honestly, my favorite photo from our shoot. Kai threw one of his silent temper tantrums where we slowly falls down to the ground and just stares at the sky in pure exaggerated agony.^
1. What is your favorite aspect of your motherhood sessions?
The whole thing, ha! But if I had to pick one, I think its when I’m hanging out with the mama’s during their session and being apart of their beautiful little (big) world. I love having girl talk, talking about beauty, fashion, life growing up, how they met their significant other….it’s basically like having a girls day but at the same time I am capturing them doing the most important thing in their life, and that’s being a mother. Kids also have a special place in my heart- they bring such joy into the world so hanging with them is just the biggest cherry on top.
2. How would you describe your photography style?
Photojournalistic; I really try to blend into my clients world and capture the moments that naturally unfold in front of my lens. If I see beautiful light streaming into a room I will suggest that we go play in that room.
3. What advice would you give mother’s preparing for a motherhood session?
Get yourself ready first, then your house, then your kids.
4. Do you have any tips/tricks to make mama’s (and their children) feel more comfortable in front of the camera?
Since my style of photography is photojournalistic I strive for the natural moments between mother and child. Before our shoot we hop on the phone and plan out our session together. We think of fun activities we can do together, like baking pies, taking bubble paths, building castles, whatever it is that you do with your children. Sometimes we do all the activities and sometimes we just have to go with the flow and follow your child’s lead. I’m very selective with moments I capture that way I’m not ruining the moment by sticking my camera in your face every second, no one wants that! And when I doubt, become a tickle monster- kids love tickles and it lightens the mood.
^Kai was playing Chris’s head, like a drum. Chris just grinned & bared it, daddy-duty style.^