“There is a tenderness about motherhood. I think it begins to occur when a mother realizes the boundless depths of her love for this little one; this tiny, innocent being that she calls her own — a part of her. With that tenderness, comes an underlying sense of peace and calm. That alone is beautiful, but to experience those emotions and make them tangible memories for a mother and child or a family is an honor.
Working with Zhenia and Zhenya was an immense pleasure and an incredibly freeing creative outlet for all involved. Both ladies are uniquely talented with an eye for curating and styling. Throughout the process, I enjoyed creating with them, while also often taking a step back to watch as they bustled about utilizing and sorting through textures and tones until they were ecstatic with each aspect of the session. When it came time to bring it all together, I watched years of upbringing, investment, relationship, joy and love play out from mother to child in only an afternoon. Not only was that love undeniably present between families but also between Zhenia and Zhenya. Though these ladies aren’t actually related, they share such a special bond rooted in years of friendship. They also don’t hesitate to share that warm, welcoming love with others. I couldn’t have felt more a part as they invited me into this afternoon picnic.” Courtney, Photographer