The first time I met this lovely and sweet family, their wee one was only a few days old and I was doing his newborn session. Since then, he has grown up so much and continues to be as adorable as ever. He is also blessed and lucky to have the most laid back and sweet parents ever. Seriously - both of his parents are always quick with a smile and a laugh. I say all the time that I have the best clients in Philadelphia, and this family goes a long way to proving that. They just rule.
So, when I found out I'd be photographing them again, this time for a mama and baby session, I was happy that I'd be catching up with all of them. The day was gorgeous, the sun was shining and I am so happy to share the resultant photos with you, because they make my heart feel light. I'm a one-b0y-mama myself and looking at these photos makes me think of that feeling of being lost in my son - no one or nothing in the world matters, just being this child's mama is what's important in the world. I love doing Mother's Day mini sessions for the very reason that photos like this are what results, and for a mother, this is our reality and what we will remember about our children being young.
So, without further ado or any more sap from me, the photos. Tell me I'm wrong - you know you can feel the love! (Also, I almost never post only black and whites from a session, but these just say black and white to me! You don't mind, right?)
See? Lost in her own world with her sweet boy, right? Love it.
It was so fabulous to catch up with you again, R Family.
When the beautiful R Family drove up, I had yet to meet them so I wasn't sure what to expect. I mean, I knew it would be a mama and her baby or babies, of course, because I was doing my Mother's Day mama and me sessions, of course. But I did not know that I would end up meeting such a gorgeous family with two darling boys. I am not joking, I have the best looking and sweetest clients in all of Philadelphia, and beyond! And, of course, this family was no exception. Big Brother C stole my heart immediately, with his shy smile. He was such a great helper, too, trying to get his baby brother to look over at the camera. It was really so sweet to see how much he loves his baby brother.
But, this mama. Beautiful, full of genuine smiles and laughter, and joy. I could see the joy radiating off of her. She embodies all I think of when I think of a mama - how we love our children, how something small that they do can make us catch in the throat or make a tear spring to your eye in an instant. How your face sometimes doesn't seem to be large enough for the smile your mouth wants to make. How your heart swells when you look at your baby, no matter how old that baby may be.
The time of the session was perfection along with everything else - the time before sunset just makes glowy, gorgeous lighting in every shot. I think everyone should have their session at this time!
Daddy was the best helper out there, too - making sure his boys and his beautiful wife were all smiles with his jokes, encouragement and standing right beside me to make sure they were looking at the camera (and looking like a certain famous professional baseball player, don't you think?). I love when I get a great assistant daddy!
If I had one word for this session, it would be love. I left feeling so happy, and went home to snuggle my own child.
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I have had the pleasure of photographing this family quite a few times already, so I knew that I was meeting up with an adorable and fun family for this mommy and me session. What I didn't know was how big these kids would have gotten in just a few months since the last time I'd seen them! Baby Brother R, with his pretty blue eyes was a newborn the first time we met and he is now 18 months old! I couldn't believe how big he'd gotten (I have seen him a few times too since his newborn session.) Big Sister A is as pretty, spunky and fun as she always is. And, Middle Brother B, I just can't get over how grown up he seemed! He was like a big boy! Awwww. And, Mama Jess. I adore her! She not only has the ability to make sure everyone is coordinated without being too matchy-matchy, she can make a mean set of pigtails on the fly, too.
With all of that said, now I want to talk about these images. I was giddy when they were coming up on the screen! As a behind-the-camera mama (whether professional or not, we're usually the ones taking the photos of our kids), I was so happy to see the photos of Jess and her kids interacting, having fun, and just being together. I love that you can feel the love and truly see how much fun Jess has with her kids. What an awesome, fun family!
And, let's talk for a minute about this light. I love this soft, pretty and warm evening light. This two-hours-before-sunset, dreamy backlighting just makes me happy. Everyone who hires me should schedule their session at this time, right? Because who wouldn't love this kind of beautiful light?
Look at this little darling. Love this light, love her sweet face.
Lovin' on their mama!
Mama Jess with her two big kids.
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I posted recently on my Facebook page about an inquiry I received a little while ago from a mom-to-be. I called it my favorite inquiry in recent memory, but the truth is, it might actually be my favorite session inquiry ever. Now, when she told me that she found me from "the great googler", she had me already. But then, I read on, and found this:
I will be a tattooed mom. Recently while at Disney a women approached
me and told me I should be ashamed of myself because I am pregnant and
tattooed (and unmarried - welcome to 2012, Lady). I never even thought
of the two as a juxtaposition but she took me by surprise - she was
disgusted. So in the spirit of the 'f you' I want my maternity
photos to capture my tattoos as well. I like your work and am
interested in some information. I do not
want something too traditional and I don't think I want to be naked
unless you can photo shop away cellulite and stretch marks :) I am
hoping to do the shoot closer to my due date and am shopping around
now. I am due june 1 and was hoping early May for the shoot. We live
in xxx and work in Philly. Thanks for your time and I look
forward to hearing from you.
You tell me you wouldn't fall in love with someone like that! So, I knew I needed to do this session. This is what I talk about when I talk about "finding my people" or my people finding me, rather.
And, do the session we did. Where else would we start but Tattooed Mom's on South Street?! You know we had to!
We moved on to capture some beautiful sunlight at a park, and I got to see the fun-loving and each-other-loving-ness of this couple. It was so sweet to witness how much they truly enjoy each other!
I was loving all of that beautiful light, too! And, let's just talk for a minute about how being pregnant totally suits this beautiful woman. She is positively glowing and beaming, isn't she?
Hey, a baby is totally cause for celebration!
J & A & baby Egg, you guys completely rule. I had so much fun with you.
I was happy to meet up with this family again for updated portraits, this time with a twist. The grandparents have been present for some of our sessions before - namely the baby's newborn session, but this was a kid session that we did with the grandparents. I am sure that Pop and Teddy gave serious points to the thoughtful daughter who gifted them this session with their grandkids! The S Family is one of my favorites - Big Brother N always makes me smile! He is so sweet, and so full of personality, and he is the perfect little gentleman. He is always offering to help me during our sessions - whether he is carrying my stepladder or helping me find a good location for us to shoot. It is a pleasure to be around this sweet guy. And, Baby G. I have a soft spot for Baby G because he is darling and because his newborn session yielded one of my favorite photos ever, but mostly because he is so sweet. And, then there's A. What can you say about her? Well, her family nickname is Bear - so, there's that! She is adorable, spunky, funny and well, fast. One of my favorite parts of this family session was getting Bear in a few quiet moments of having her attention totally captured by a little detail, in this case a flower.
Love this shot of this little sweetheart in a rare quiet moment!
Pure joy! I love this. She wanted to see if she liked butter.
Love this sweet and silly guy!
Giving Pop some well deserved lovin'!
He thought this pose up all on his own. See, I told you he's both silly and an awesome helper.
Thanks so much, S Family. Can't wait to see you for Mother's Day mommy and me sessions soon.