“I was newly pregnant in these photos. We had just moved into a new house as well as a new state. Nothing was familiar. When we received these photos back, they were familiar. They were faces of people I loved and moments I had lived. They were pauses of beauty in the midst of small chaos– celebrating our future and the anticipation of what was to come. We will treasure these photos forever. I look at my children and I see some of the most beautiful creations. They are hearts that love freely and minds capable of deep wisdom. They are beautiful examples in their innocence, of kindness and tolerance. Being a mother I have learned that fostering these lives is an immense privilege and responsibility. What a gift.
My road to get to these 2 kiddos was grueling. I realize everyone has their own sense of hard and I share my experience not to take away from anyone’s journey, but to become part of a strong community of women- waiting to be moms, mothers who have lost, mothers who feel like they have lost themselves even. It’s all part of motherhood.
I had hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) with both pregnancies. I experienced break downs both physically and mentally. I truly felt trapped in my own body with no escape. The toll both pregnancies took on my body was great and those days all feel like a blur. However the support that gathered around me was incredible. I learned the valuable lesson of saying “help!”- sometimes loud and over and over again. And then experiencing the outpour of love and strength from people around me. I learned the importance of my voice and being an advocate for myself. In this, I found community and better care. We were not meant to do it alone! Even in the waiting for your child, we were not meant to do it alone. There is strength in number, kindness in receiving help, and self-love in the vulnerability of it all.” Kathryn, Expectant Mother
“I’m not sure that words can properly describe how much I love this session. Not only does it fulfill my dreams of doing an all film, family lifestyle session in an all white kitchen, but it features the cutest toddler in the world. Linus is my nephew and I like to think he takes after me in his awesomeness – you see it, right?
At the time of this session, my sister, Kathryn, and her family had just moved to Charlotte, NC. We’re about 3 hours away in Lynchburg, so each time we visit, photos are in order. This session is one that she and I dreamed up together and gave some thought to beforehand. We knew we wanted their family doing something normal in their house – preferably their kitchen – and we knew we wanted Linus to be able to be part of it. With that, we decided to bake cookies, something they do with Linus and to use the cookies to announce their pregnancy by spelling “BABY MILLER” in chocolate chip cookies 🙂
This family is incredibly special to me because they’re my own; my sister, her husband, and her children are some of the most precious people to me. Not only are they my go-to models and creative guinea pigs, they’re incredibly easy to capture. I absolutely love documenting them because of their loving connection and playful energy. Plus, their sense of style their fashion and home decor doesn’t hurt either.
My own family is the reason why I love photographing motherhood so much. I know what a gift it is to be on the other side of the camera having our beautiful ordinary captured. It’s not only fulfilling, but an incredible honor to be invited into someone’s life to do the same. It’s what drives me to document motherhood and family for others in the same way I want my memories to be framed and hung — a daily reminder of the indescribable love motherhood possesses.” Kelsey, Photographer