“This was my first time doing a Motherhood session. We are usually the family scrambling to fit portraits into the year at some point. Photographs of my family hold a significant importance to me, but sadly I am rarely in them with my kids. As a photographer myself, I am usually the one on the other side of the camera. On the rare occasions that my husband or someone else takes a picture of me with one of my little ones, it is usually a blurry smart phone snap. And I will admit, I am that girl that struggles with her own body image, so it is often my own insecurities that keep me safely tucked behind the camera.
For this session, I was determined to let all my insecurities go and just enjoy my kids. And honestly, despite the 105 degree temperature, it was so fun! It was one hour of just getting to hold them and tell them how much I love them. And Liz was magical! I now have tangible photographs of that memorable day with my babies…
My journey to motherhood was not an easy one, like many women out there. We were diagnosed with infertility shortly after deciding to start a family. We spent some of the first few years of our marriage in an emotional tornado, living in doctors offices, trying to save for the next medical procedure or test, and holding onto hope that God was in the middle of all of it. BOTH of our babies are miracle “surprises” after every medical intervention failed.
The fact that they are both here, despite what we were told was possible, is a gift that is not overlooked or ignored in our household. Yes, there are days when they are difficult, and most weeks I find myself in a balancing act between running my business and being present for my children. But there is not a day that goes by where I do not feel completely humbled to be able to experience motherhood. There is not a day where I am not reminded of the many prayers that were prayed over my family, as I watch my two little human miracles grow, showing their individuality, their strengths and even their weaknesses. It is the most difficult job, trying to teach them every lesson I’ve ever learned, but then allowing them the opportunity to learn a few lessons on their own. Showing them the world, yet trying to protect them from it at the same time. It is a role I will never quite feel qualified for, but one I will forever be grateful to be blessed with.” Rachel, Mother
“Rachel is a dear friend and fellow photographer, whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the past year. She is an incredible artist, and an even more amazing mother. When we decided to do this session, I knew she would give me creative freedom to capture them in their best light. She let them be free, showing their individual personalities without pressure or bribery. She simply loved on them and they loved her right back. They played, snuggled, spun in circles, and all I had to do was capture the magic. I could feel the love in the way she looks at her children and the way they look back at her. It was an honor capturing this moment in her journey of motherhood.
This was one of the first motherhood sessions I’ve had the pleasure to photograph, and it was by far the most inspiring. Being able to capture a mother and the love for her children is not lost on me. I know how difficult motherhood is, and while often times we focus on the negatives, I love being able to show a mother the positives. The way she snuggles her youngest and breathes her in. The way she holds onto her son as tightly as possible knowing he’ll be starting kindergarten soon, and his babyhood really did go so fast. I love capturing these magical moments of motherhood, but more importantly, I love allowing my clients to spend an entire evening just playing and loving on their children. It is so good for the soul to just live in the moment, let them be kids, and have it all captured on film to keep for a lifetime!” Liz, Photographer