This role of Motherhood is so much more powerful and beautiful than we all believe. Can you remember being small and scared and just knowing that everything would be okay if you just had your mom? It’s so much that mothers do, and so much that they are that makes them and their role so beautifully necessary. This series, a new mother beaming with joy for the little ones she’s surrounded with, so in her role, arms full of squirming, crying babies. I’m overwhelmed by it. If you’ve had the occasion to be in her role, you may be overwhelmed too. I find this series of images so powerful and moving.
Christina, thank you for allowing me to photograph another beautiful baby boy.
Happy Mother’s day to the mommies celebrating their first mother’s day with a new baby. Some of these little ones made their mama’s a mommy this year, while others of them helped make it sweeter by joining their siblings. To each of the mom’s represented here, for all you do: the diapers you change, the tears you wipe, the tummies you fill, cuddles you give, sweet shampoo you rub gently onto tiny soft heads, pacies you find in the dark, cheeks you stroke, socks you match, and the bounce-and-sway motion you’ve adopted in everyday life… your little ones are learning to trust you, to love you. You’re doing amazing work and I hope you are told it often. You are incredible, mama.
Happy Mother’s day.
And because I’m a sappy mess this year with a new little one of my own, I’m celebrating all those milestones along with you. As my mother’s day gift to you, please enjoy 50% off any purchases from your newborn, baby plan, maternity, or family session gallery taken in 2014/2015. If you’re gallery is no longer active, I’ll gladly reactivate it so you can take part in this gift. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which gallery you’d like to order from.
*Mother’s day sale good until midnight, May 13, 2015.
Okay, so… my little family welcomed our own little newborn into our fold just four weeks ago. In true “newborn mom” style, I am just now getting around to sharing some of the pictures from my “big camera” that I took of him at two weeks old. I, like so many of my clients, want to remember all of the little tiny details of my sweet baby boy. There are sure to be more pictures of him as we grows. We are so in love and are trying to take it all in and remember each sweet smell and each passing phase. I am, myself, reminded that it all goes much too quickly.
You saw Mr. Milo’s maternity pictures a few months ago and I’m so excited to share his newborn session with you. He was a breeze to photograph. He slept well and let me pose him to my heart’s content. Big brother, Ezra joined in on the action a bit and is such a proud big bro. I’m so excited to watch this little man grow.
Being that I’m late posting this session to the blog, you can look for his 3 month session in the next few weeks as we just photographed him for that last weekend. Ah, they grow so fast. Good thing his busy mama is having him photographed every 3 months of his first year. So smart of her.
There is nothing more beautiful to me than the connection between a mother and her child. I am so thankful to do what I do and have the opportunity to photograph mothers with their children. Newborn sessions are especially precious to me for this reason. For nearly every newborn session I do, I almost insist that I snap at least a few pictures of the mother nursing her brand new babe. Those days of nursing a child can be many or few but no matter what, it’s a precious season that no mother will ever forget.
A few weeks ago I was in the home of one of my first newborn clients (whose mother is one of my closest friends). She and her family of 6 moved into their home almost a year ago and just last month she purchased a few wall prints from her newborn session with baby number 4, Lincoln. I made my way into his nursery and was brought to tears when I saw the image of her holding him in her arms at just 5 days old, nursing him during one of the “feeding / comforting” breaks during their newborn photo session. It’s a beautiful picture. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I texted her to ask if she would mind me posting it. Her response, “I was literally sitting in Lincoln’s room this morning looking at that picture thinking about how special it is and what it represents and how I’d like to share it.” This mama, Bambi, is the amazing mother of 4 children (ages 4 and under). To say she’s busy is a drastic understatement.
“Nursing went beautifully in the beginning. Aside from 3 bouts of mastitis. But, who’s counting and who cares? You get to nurse your baby right? Then at 7 months, 4 out of 6 of us got bacterial pneumonia; including me & Lincoln. When GG (one of their twins) was hospitalized, making the 30 minute drive home & back every 3 1/2 hours just wasn’t possible. He got a lot of bottles and Mommy was under a lot of stress. When all the dust settled, I had lost too much of my milk supply and he had gotten too used to the bottle. I fought hard to get it back for two weeks. Got up every 4 hours during the night to pump and almost OD’d on Mother’s Milk tea, but it didn’t work. I had to let it go. He was fine, but I was devastated. I was almost embarrassed and ashamed when I had to take out a bottle in public. Isn’t that sad? I felt like I was going to be judged by other moms. We absolutely have to be more supportive of everyone’s choices as mothers. We’re all doing the best we can. For me, that picture is so precious. It will remind me of those sweet moments and late nights where no one would due but Mommy. Moments I was blessed enough to share with each of my children… Mommy-hood is such a gift.”
Emery was born on May 14 weighing 9lbs 13 oz. Yes, his mama is a superhero. At just 4 days old, he was chubby and squishy and oh-so perfect for his session. Being a healthy baby, he needed a lot of snack breaks and Caroline was calm and collected through the process. Big brother, Moses, brought energy and affection to the session and dad, Davy, showed love and pride in his eyes like I’ve never photographed. I love this family.