“I love how Rebecca captured these sweet and tender moments with Preston. I will forever cherish them and these days of constant smiles, trying to be independent, and the beautiful reminder of God’s love for us. Being a mother has been God’s greatest blessing to me, after marrying my husband John. We decided it was time to start a family, and we are so grateful it happened quickly for us. I was blessed to have a wonderful pregnancy and an easy and pretty uneventful birth which ensued the nothing-better feeling of having a healthy, beautiful baby boy being plopped down on my chest.
I love being Preston’s mom. I can remember looking at his precious tiny face when he was just a few days old in the middle of the night and thinking that I was seeing a glimpse of heaven. For me, being a mom has really been the most real life example of how much God loves us that I have ever felt. This little baby, who can’t talk, who doesn’t have anything to offer, and is completely dependent on us, brings John and me so much joy and pride. We love him so much and would do anything for him. It overwhelms me to think that this is how our God sees us. Despite our sins and our shortcomings, He loves us even more than we could ever love our Preston. In God’s eyes, we are holy, we are innocent, and we are lovely. We don’t have to prove anything to Him or try to win His love. God calls us His children, and He delights in us just as we are. To Him we are blameless, pure and worthy. The gift of Preston was the most beautiful reminder of this amazing love and the sacrifice God made through his son Jesus.
And I often think about my friends and family who are struggling with infertility and who are in a season of waiting and longing to be a mom. I want them to experience this feeling and this love so badly. And it seems unfair that it was all so easy for us. I hope and pray that they know that God cares for them too. And He won’t abandon them. I pray that they see themselves as children of the King, and this season as temporary. If He takes care of the birds in the air and makes the flowers bloom, I know He will fulfill his promises and will certainly take care of these precious moms in waiting.” Whitney, Mother
“I’ve had the privilege of photographing this sweet mother-son pair twice now; once when Preston was just a few days old. I was immediately struck by Whitney’s genuine and calming presence that was undeniably tangible, even to me, as the one behind the lens. That’s the great thing about being a motherhood photographer: we get to observe and admire the way mamas love on their little ones. I certainly have loved observing the way Whitney loves on Preston during our sessions together, and hearing about the ways she brings her faith and trust in the Lord into her role as a mother. These images of Whitney and Preston embody my passion for photographing mothers and capturing the everyday moments that we often gloss right over. I’m thankful that Whitney appreciates everyday beauty as much as I do, and I have enjoyed getting to know her during our time together. She’s one of those mothers who we all secretly hope to be like – gentle, honest, and constantly radiating love. I’ve always wanted to be a mother. I remember being a small child and asking my mom if I could feed my baby brother a bottle over and over again. I have distinct memories of sitting on the kitchen floor feeding him while my mom cooked dinner, pretending that he was my own baby. Today I find that same passion for motherhood translated through the lens of my camera. Photographing motherhood has become a glimpse into that long awaited dream of mine. It allows me to help other women with the same dream savor those small, beautiful, fleeting moments that need to be held close. My hope is that the mothers I photograph will look back on their photos in fifty years, and really, truly feel their babies in their arms once again.” Rebecca, Photographer
REBECCA THORNTON PHOTOGRAPHY