Dear Moms –
While I’m usually running late to drop my son off at preschool or racing to get dinner made so we don’t eat too late and push the longest ever bedtime routine back even further, I know you’re juggling dance recitals and softball practices, working during the day, taking online classes in the evenings, and trying to make sense of the endless permission slips and notices sent to you from your kids school. I see you at the grocery store in your workout pants and hair in a messy pony tail–oh wait, that was me yesterday as I was unabashedly ripping open a package of not-yet-purchased crackers to give my son to stop him from scaring people with his banshee-like wailing. We make breakfasts while packing lunches and planning dinners. And then there is laundry. And potty-training. And doctors appointments and food allergies and parent-teacher meetings. And so much more. You’re tired. I know, girl. I’m tired too.
But despite how consumed we may be with doing the trillion things that moms do everyday, we still make space for our own little (or big) dreams. One of those dreams is to have some really beautiful family photos taken. In fact, you’ve been thinking about this for a long time. You’ve thought about how a photo session would go, what everyone would wear and where it would take place. Putting those beautiful framed photos of your family up on that staircase wall is a dream you’ve dreamt about and Pinterested the heck out of. You want the walls to remind you all of how much you love and value each other. You want those photos to be representations of every beautiful moment you’ve had together. But then you decide to put it off until you lose those extra pounds. What you possibly haven’t realized is what your children will remember in vivid detail; the warmth of your arms when you embrace them after a fall, the smell of your hair, the sound of your heartbeat when their little heads rest on your chest or the songs you sang to them as they drifted off to sleep.
Maybe your family downtime–between the hustle and bustle of the daily routines–is so precious to you, you’re hesitant to spend it trying to look perfect in front of a stranger with a camera. And you shouldn’t have to! Having your photos taken should be a fun experience for the whole family! It’s a short chunk of time where all you are encouraged to do is play, snuggle, be silly and just focus on each other while those moments are captured for you to cherish always. And when you see it like that, you realize that it’s time well spent.
Maybe you don’t know exactly what to do with the photos once you have them or you’re too tired at the end of the day to get to ordering the prints, albums or picking out frames. I know how that is. That’s why I make myself available to help you out every step of the way.
See, beautiful ladies, you are my inspiration. Seeing you brings me comfort. Sharing with you alleviates my frustrations (hello venting on Facebook mom groups!). Being one of you reminds me I’m not alone, which is especially helpful on those days when it seems nothing goes right. Beneath all our mom-ness, we’re still us. Sure, there are layers of worry, exhaustion and mom-guilt, but underneath is a well of free-spirit, silliness, joy, and infinite, unconditional love. You may not see it in the mirror everyday or even be aware when it shines though in the moment you’re enjoying a really good laugh. But your kids see it. Your husband sees it. And whether I see you out in the world or in front of my camera, I see it too.
I see nothing but love in us moms. So when I get to photograph you, I notice the slivers of moments that never get captured with an iPhone. I notice your strong arms sculpted by carrying kids and all the grocery bags at once just to make it in one trip. I see it in the way your husband looks at you as you’re lovingly looking at your kids. The way your little one grabs onto your leg when she’s unsure. And I can see it when your kids faces light up brighter than the sun as they run towards you at the park. And as the years pass your family will look back on your photos and see the what I saw–the pure love only a mother can give–the most magnificent love of all. So let’s make it happen, so you can see it too.
Cheers all us moms!