At all of my family sessions, I make sure to grab a few images of just mom with her babes. So many times, mother’s are the ones documenting and aren’t in the picture with their children. I want to make sure you and your children have some images documenting your love for them and the tenderness found in motherhood.
These are the more standard portraits I might take. You and your babes looking at the camera. But, I make sure you are touching. I make sure you and your children are draped over each other showing your connection and comfort with each other. Even big grown up boys I make touch and connect with their mom. I think about my children and how many times they touch me and connect with me daily. You deserve to have an image that shows that connection and constant touch, whether that’s when they’re children, teens or adults.
I prompt moms to play with their children. I know you do it every day, I know you’ve sat on the floor and maybe you love it, but maybe you’re bored out of your mind, but you play with your children. You act silly with them. You are Mommy Fun Pants! Maybe not every day, but often enough to make it matter and I want to create images for you that motivate you to be that fun mom a little more often. To embrace the fun and not get sucked down into the mundane that comes from raising children and doing the same thing daily. Let’s play and have fun together!
Once we’ve gotten out all of the fun and silliness, I work to get an image that shows how you and your body are a safe space for your children. The tenderness with which you cradled them and loved their tiny bodies. It doesn’t matter if they are big or little, your body, you, you are still their safe space and that deserves to be documented. Even now, well into my 30’s, I still yearn for my mom and her never ending patience and acceptance and willingness to listen to me talk talk talk. I want to document that never ending dedication for you.
I hope you get some images like that with your children. Whether that’s through hiring a photographer, or having someone snap it with a cell phone. I hope that you take the time to document what your love looks like with your children. It’s unique for every mother and child and when you’re gone, these are the images your children will treasure.