“My time with the Daniel Family is always full of contagious laughter. Their joy for each other is evident in each of their interactions, particularly when it comes to the boys and their new baby sister. Their mother, Brittany, parents in a way that always leaves me with a sense of admiration. She exudes a calmness and peace in every conversation with her children. And you can tell when baby Blaire nuzzles into the nape of her neck that mama is certainly her safe place. It was my goal to create portraits that reflect each member of the family’s unique personality, and I think just by looking at these images you can see so much of what makes this family so filled with joyful love for one another.
This was my third time working with this family in the last year. It’s always an honor, as an artist, to be invited into a family’s intimate moments again and again. For this family, the focus of our sessions has been the addition of baby Blaire to the Daniel’s already established family (previously of all boys). Some of my favorite images from our time together are of the way the boys interact with their beloved baby sister! As a mother myself, I’m always captivated by watching seasoned mothers interact with their children. For this family, they have two school aged boys and an infant, so Brittany has this calming presence with her children that commands (rather than demands) their attention. You can also see very clearly through these images that the relationship this mama has with each of her children is different. She is loving and affectionate with all of them, but the way she looks at her sons and the way she looks at her baby girl are both beautiful in their own unique way.
For me, these photographs of mothers with their children are just as much about the woman as they are her babies. These photographs help tell these littles who their mother was in this season of their infancy and younger years. Helping to write the narratives of my client’s life is my life’s second best work (only to that of raising my own son).” Nikki, Photographer