“I had always wanted to be a mom, but the idea of motherhood used to terrify me. It sounded way too demanding and exhausting, and I honestly just wasn’t sure I was cut out for it. But when I became a momma with my firstborn, I quickly realized two things. First, that I was 100% right: motherhood WAS incredibly demanding and exhausting, and in the past two and half years, it has stretched me in ways I never imagined. But secondly (and more importantly), I truly had no reason to fear. Yes, motherhood has shown me how incredibly unqualified I am over and over again, but at the same time, it’s taught me how strong and brave and resilient I am, too. I’m so thankful for a new start every morning, for grace in the middle of the day, and, most importantly, for my two little guys that are making me a better momma every single day.
I was so excited to have Lauren come over and capture images of just me and my second born. Pressing pause on my crazy day and simply soaking up my little guy and all of his cute newborn quirks was so, so special — and just what I needed! These images captured Adam as he is — his sweet little “pirate eye”, chunky baby rolls, and newborn expressions, too. I will cherish them forever!” Sami, Mother
Sami and I have developed a dear friendship over the past couple of years since I moved to Indianapolis. She is always such a joy to be around, and we connected relatively quickly over motherhood, as her oldest son and my middle son are relatively close in age. Having three children of my own, I’ve come to recognize the tender moments that happen in the blink of an eye amidst the chaos of every day life. As a mother of multiple children, you find yourself wondering how your heart will ever expand farther than it already has. And yet every time, the love stretches and grows even more than you could possibly imagine. As Sami welcomed her second sweet baby boy, I was honored to let her spend a quiet afternoon to dote solely on him while her oldest napped peacefully close by.
When I was young, I adored visiting my grandparent’s home and flipping through their old photo albums. Page after page of my late grandmother’s cursive, detailing every photograph. I am so thankful that she left those tangible memories for generations to come. There is just something to be said about capturing motherhood; every last beautiful detail. It’s something I’m profoundly blessed to know in my own life and honored to capture for others. I love witnessing mothers and their babies falling into their own rhythms; a mama rocking & humming to her little love on cue, an impulse that she probably didn’t realize she was doing–but I notice. Motherhood can be all consuming and exhausting. But it’s also so joyous and fulfilling and it is so important to me to capture it all, if only for a moment. Time is such a relentless thing. Before we know it, our babies will be grown and my true hope is that their children will be flipping through our albums; our handwritten notes detailing every photograph.” Lauren, Photographer
LAUREN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY