This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing two families, that were having sessions to be able to give Grandma photos for Mothers Day as a surprise. When I sat down to edit these sessions I couldn’t help but smile thinking about the sweet surprise that these two Grandmothers were in for.
As a photographer, I know how important taking pictures is. But as a Mom, I’ve learned its value is more than I could ever have dreamed. Anyone who is around small children knows how FAST time flies, and how quickly they grow. A picture, allows you to freeze a moment in time, and look back later and recall things that may have slipped your mind over time.
If you’ve had a session with me, you know I always try to get just Mom (and just Dad 🙂 into a photo with the children. Sometimes its met with hesitation and I totally get it! Having a camera focus on a smaller group makes us feel insecure sometimes. But I try to remind Mom that a photo of you alone with your children isn’t necessarily for YOU; often its for your kids. So they can look at a photo years later and see MOM with them…holding their hands, or using her lap to corral them. (maybe thats just MY children that think I am a chair and prefer to sit ON me! 🙂
I started thinking about all the Mothers, that I have photographed with their children. Small children, grown kids who have their OWN kids, Moms who are still carrying their children in their bellies, or their hearts and their memories. My own Mom passed away when she was 49 and I can’t tell you how happy I am to have a handful of photos of her and I to show my kids as they never were able to meet her.
Below are some of the beautiful ladies I was able to photograph with their children. (and a few 3 generation photos!) These are just SOME of the women who allowed me to freeze a moment in time with their babies (big and small). Thank you to all the women who allow me to photograph you with the people you love…Thank you for saying ‘Yes!’ when I ask, even if you’re somewhat reluctant. 🙂 I don’t want to speak on behalf of ALL these ladies–but I have a hard time believing that anyone of them regrets having had a photo of her with her children taken. 🙂 Looking at all these images together gives me ALL the feels…all of them. Happy Early Mothers Day to you all!
PS Full disclosure there is ONE photo in this collage that I didn’t take; Erin did…and its of me and my own children! 🙂