“Since becoming a mother, I feel as though one can never take enough pictures. Our babies grow and change so quickly, so having these beautiful, forever images is so important to me and helps me satisfy my desire of wanting to freeze time just a little bit. I loved this session as many of the images are our real interactions, as opposed to a styled and posed session. This is my favorite time of year and I loved getting to capture sweet moments amongst the beautiful almond blossoms. I live for these moments with my little family and these photographs capture so much more than just an image to me.
All my life, since I was a very young girl, all I wanted to be was a mother. I have always loved babies, so much that I went to nursing school just to become a labor and delivery nurse. I love that I get to help women and their families welcome their precious babies into the world. But, unfortunately for me, getting pregnant with our first child didn’t happen easily. When it finally did, I was so relieved and thankful; I couldn’t believe my longing to be a mother was being fulfilled. The amount of love I experienced when I heard my husband shout, “it’s a boy,” and they placed my son on my chest, is something I will never forget. That moment I became a mother was the best, most surreal moment of my life. Fast forward seven months, and I found myself pregnant again with our baby girl. Shocked was an understatement! Our babies are only 15 months apart, and what a crazy, blessed ride it’s been. Though there has been difficult parts about having babies so close together, I wouldn’t trade this life for anything. I feel so very blessed that what was once a fear of never having children was so graciously replaced with two perfect children in my arms and my heart full of more love than I ever knew possible.
Motherhood is so many things to me. It is constantly being stuck between feelings of wanting to forever freeze time and having your babies always stay babies, yet dreaming of all that they’ll grow to do and be. It’s being physically, mentally and emotionally drained from keeping up with an active toddler all day while trying to simultaneously nurse a newborn, yet missing them minutes after putting them to sleep at night and wishing they were in your arms. It’s learning to not compare yourself to other mothers, or your children to other children. We are all on our own, beautiful journeys, and while we’re all in this together, our stories will be unique and personal to us. Motherhood is hard, fulfilling, forgiving, messy, joyful, exhausting, hilarious, and raw. It’s such a huge part of who I am, and I’m so thankful for every second I’m gifted with being a mom to the biggest blessings in my life.” Elizabeth, Mother
“I have had the honor of photographing the Jantzen family since little Walker was just six months old. It is always such a blessing to work with them. Elizabeth and Jeffery are both so calm and nurturing to their little ones and the images we captured show just that. Their bond and commitment with one another and their family is evident in each session we do together. It makes working with them a joy each and every time.
I find everything about photographing motherhood fulfilling. Ever since struggling with infertility and ultimately going through three rounds of IVF to have my own sweet babes, it has meant so much to me to be able to help other mamas document their lives with their children. I truly believe that going through the struggles that I have gives me a unique perspective to motherhood that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. I also believe it helps me relate to other mothers who have had similar challenges. Often times my clients become such wonderful friends of mine after we have opened up to one another and bonded over the difficulties of conceiving and bearing children. It makes our sessions that much more special. My most favorite areas of motherhood to capture are the cuddles, the natural interactions, the everyday moments, and most of all whatever it is that represents the unique love and bond a mother has with her children.” Stephanie, Photographer