“The meaning of being a mother is virtually endless. To me, being a mother means to be fearless. To be a positive role model. To be a continuous cheerleader for every milestone my son experiences (from burping, to talking, walking and to graduation). It means getting to see all the possibility in the world through my child’s eyes. Motherhood means understanding that there is no learning curve, there is no user manual, no tutorial, no return policies. One day you are pregnant and emotional, and the next day you are responsible for keeping a human alive. Motherhood taught me that I would not trade my best day before my son was born for the worst day after (and I assure you, there are many of them). Simply put, motherhood is: a lifetime adventure, the hardest non-paying 24 hours per day job you will ever do, and my greatest achievement!
They tell you that labor is hard but loving someone as deeply as you will love your child is even harder. The time of the night won’t matter because you will awaken just to hear him breathe, to make sure his feet aren’t cold, and to simply just sit there and watch him (while my husband questions my mental state). To become so selfless, so tolerable, so careful, so mindful, and so caring is almost an art. But, just know, that you will naturally become everything your child needs you to be. mothers are truly the most evolutionary species of all time…
“Lumi Photo is amazing and beautifully captured moments in time that I can now forever cherish and will be able to use to reflect on that day. But, it is important to me that new moms know that what you see in pictures, in fairytale movies, and on social media is not the reality for a new mom. What you don’t see in these pictures is a mom who finally brushed her hair after 2 weeks of giving birth. Rewind 20 minutes prior to taking these pictures, baby was crying for food, I was leaking breastmilk and needed to pump, my makeup was not done and I did not even have time to eat. So, when you look at these pictures, I don’t want you to see someone who has nice make up on, or hair that’s been brushed and styled. I simply want you to admire the moment captured between a mother and a child. I guess what I want to say is that, even if you choose to take pictures reflecting your baggy eyes, your hair in a bun, and no makeup, that is still beautiful. You are still beautiful. Motherhood is beautiful.” Lina, Mother
Lina has this infectious smile, and she might be been one of the most joyful mothers with a newborn that I’ve ever photographed! And it’s not to say it’s because motherhood came easy for her, or that she had no struggles- because I’m sure she did. She just started the session out being so present and in the moment- it made for such a natural and amazing session. She relaxed, and trusted the process and we were able to get the most beautiful moments. She breathed her baby in, laughed at all of his little noises, and enjoyed every minute!
I’ve always had this pull to photograph mothers with their babies, but it wasn’t until I had my son that I started really focusing on, and offering Motherhood sessions. For me it’s about capturing those everyday moments and connection between a mother and her babies that sometimes get forgotten. The instinctual way they find the perfect little spot in the crook of your neck..or how they run their fingers through your hair when they’re sleepy. And it’s not always about the kids! A common theme of mine when I photograph mothers, is to just remind them relax. Forget the outfits and the hair and all the commotion and just let the kids be themselves, and take it all in. Breathe and take a minute to appreciate all of the happy little moments this season of your life brings.” Suzi, Photographer