In the weeks leading up to Mother’s day, I thought about what I would like as a Mom. What I really want is to capture this time with my son. He’s 2.5 and it seems like every day he’s learning a new word or growing 2 inches taller. I know time is speeding up and I can’t stop it.
As a photographer, I’m always the one taking the pictures. I figure a lot of Mom’s are the ones taking the pictures as well so I put up a lil post on my facebook page looking for Mother’s and Children for a special photoshoot.
A few years ago I started pulling Moms into senior pictures for a few shots. I got the typical push back…”I’m not dressed for this”, “It’s about her, not me”,“I need to lose weight first”. Then I’d ask how long it had been since they had pictures together and the response was shockingly always the same. “Not since she was little.” At every reveal the senior would love the image of them with their mom and I made it a point to find a way to get them that image. Past clients have told me they framed the proof and put it on their bedside table, that they took it with them to college because it’s the only non-selfie photo they have with their mom from their teens.
The reason I love senior photos so much is that I remember exactly what it is to be a teenage girl. I remember the insecurity, the angst and the feeling of adulthood on the horizon. My most favorite thing is seeing all that insecurity melt away through the photoshoot. Magic happens when I show them the back of my camera and they see how I see them. They are all so beautiful and I want so much for them to see their own beauty. But this view isn’t only for teens, I see this happen with the Mom’s I’ve photographed.
I’ve been talking to Mom’s over the past few weeks and several moms have told me they haven’t ever had professional photos with their little ones, or the last photos they had the photographer turned the grass neon green in the pictures, yup, someone actually edited their photos like that. Yikes. I’ve talked to single moms, lesbian moms, single parent adoption moms, married moms and the one thing that unifies us all is our love of our kids.
The Mom’s will be the star of these photoshoots which I know is pushing them outside of their comfort zone. One mom I talked to had come to an event a few months ago where I mentor teen photographers. Her teenage daughter was modeling for me and the daughter asked if I would take a shot of the two of them. “Of course!” was my response. When the Mom saw my facebook post looking for mother’s and their children she said the only reason she entered was because of that one shot. Her daughter loved the portrait with her mom so much that she knew she needed to do this to include her other daughter. And bonus, grandma is coming to the shoot too. We’ll capture an amazing generational portrait for them.
I can’t wait for these shoots to start. If you aren’t following my facebook page I would love for you to like it and turn on notifications so that you get to see these amazing mom’s with their kids. I’ll be sharing there as well as here on my website.
It’s quite amazing when a little idea sparks fire and you find so many other people that feel the same way. Let’s put you in focus and capture your little ones while they are still little. If you would like to book a Mother & Children photoshoot to showcase your love of your kids, to capture the real emotion, the real laughs and have a fun experience, I’m currently booking weekend mornings in August and September.