“I decided to have these photos taken because I wanted moments captured of my family, during this season that is so fleeting. A photo to me holds a feeling in time that I can revisit again and again. My babies are growing so fast and I don’t want to forget the details of them when they are little. Chelsi, our photographer captured the details for us, making these photos priceless to me. She was patient, kind and took photos of the moments, that are real and natural. They hold a feeling of pure happiness in time for me, that I will be able to revisit for the rest of my life.
I always dreamed of becoming a mother, even from when I was a little girl. What I never considered was having difficulty along that journey. Getting pregnant wasn’t easy for us in the beginning, and I will never forget those feelings of frustration and anger. Two miscarriages became part of our story, and the sadness and grief were overwhelming to me. I remember not feeling comfortable talking about it, the only person I leaned on during that time was my husband. Since then, I have gone out of my way to tell others who have traveled the same path that I understand exactly what they are going through, and their feelings are validated. Because that was what I needed to hear. We ended up with two healthy baby girls twenty months apart. And it ended up being different from our original plan, but even better then we imagined. God had a mightier plan all along. After experiencing everything we had been through, we have savored every single sound of their heart beats, every movement and kick. Now we have two little toddlers running around, making our lives a little more wild but a lot more sweeter. Motherhood is the most amazing, tiring, hardest, rewarding thing I have ever done. And I wouldn’t trade my title for anything in the world. ” Emily, Mother
“We so enjoyed exploring Latta Plantation Nature Preserve with this sweet family of four this past fall! We were surrounded by the last bit of leaves and drenched in golden light before the sun set. The girls stayed close to Emily, safely studying the world from beneath their mom, which gave me the chance to capture the truly special bond that motherhood allows us to create. We played in the fields, walked the trails and ended the session catching that last bit of daylight by the lake. Their relaxed presence was such a joy to be around and their perfectly coordinated outfits were the icing on the cake. Families often ask for help when deciding how to dress the whole family and I think Emily and her family were the perfect example of how to do it well…neutrals with a soft pop of color and gentle patterns.
From experience, I’ve come to realize how quickly each season of motherhood passes. Those baby cheeks lose their roundness too quickly, toddlers learn new words overnight, and before you know your oldest is bringing home their first school report card. All the while moms are trying to preserve each fleeting moment with just a mental snapshots. I’m so deep into motherhood right now that photographing my clients is like viewing myself through a lens. I see their conflicting emotions—the hardships and joy of motherhood—and it always feels a little bit like creating a self-portrait. Relating and connecting to these moms and then being able to grasp their fleeting season gives me purpose.” Chelsi, Associate Photographer for Cheyenne Schultz Photography