What the HECK is motherhood portraiture?!

If you're on my Facebook page, you may have seen my announcement...

I'm now offering motherhood portraiture!

"Great. You're offering what?" Let me explain. 

If you're a new mom, it's probably not unusual for you to search Google for "baby photographer" or "child photographer" in your area. We all want to capture those cute little milestones. But when you punch in "motherhood photographer" in your area, I bet not. much. comes. up. Why?! Is your relationship with your child not important too? YESSSSS. It's super important!

In fact, I bet it's one of the most highly treasured relationships you've had in your life, right? 

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If you're like me, you take candid photos of your spouse doing the little things with the kids. "Awwwwww... they're all curled up reading a book!" CLICK! "Aw! Look how sweet they are holding hands!" CLICK! "Oh my gosh, they fell asleep on the couch together and my heart just exploded!" CLICK! But I'm going to go ahead and guess that your spouse probably doesn't stop what he's doing to swoon over the cute things you and your child do. It's not that he's a bad guy, he just doesn't see those tender, fleeting moments like we do. 

....ENTER MOTHERHOOD PORTRAITURE! Gone are the days of only having front-facing-camera iPhone selfies of you with your children! 

Motherhood portraits will look different for each of us. For some, it may be the daily grind... making sandwiches with one hand and holding a toddler in the other. For others, maybe it's homeschooling your kindergartener while nursing your baby. Maybe you love to spend your days curled up in an armchair with a kid in each arm reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar over and over and over. No matter your story, it's special and is DYING to be told and REMEMBERED. 

ALL of my portrait sessions are laid-back and documentary style, which means that I'll document your life as it unfolds. That's where the good stuff happens! You don't even have to bribe your children to stand still and smile! So, if you've been avoiding portraits because your husband hates them, these motherhood sessions are just for you. If you feel uncomfortable posing awkwardly in front of a camera, these sessions are just for you. If you've been waiting to lose your baby weight or have your hair just right, these sessions are just for you. 

It's time to embrace your normal-- messy buns, yoga pants, spilled Cheerios, ALL OF IT. Your normal is beautiful and you'll miss it when it's gone. 

Get in touch! Let's grab some coffee (or tea) and start telling your story.

Model Call - Breastfeeding Mamas!

EDIT: MODEL CALL CLOSED! THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!

Hi friends! In case you've not seen it on my Facebook, I wanted to share a great opportunity for a free breastfeeding session in your home. 

I breastfed all three of my kids for a combined total of 6 years. I've worked for WIC as their Breastfeeding Peer Counselor/Certified Lactation Counselor, and even have a breastfeeding woman tattooed on my calf. Needless to say, breastfeeding has been an important part of my life. And because of that, I want start offering nursing portrait sessions.

If you're interested in helping me build my portfolio and getting some free (non-selfie) nursing photos, click on the graphic above and apply!

Be in the Frame Challenge

This week, I was challenged to be in the photo. It was probably my toughest week yet. In theory, it should be easy to be in the frame. (Selfies, anyone?!) But in practice, I realized how I usually SEE the moment then shoot it. I love the authenticity of an image that documents the emotion as it naturally unfolds. Capturing that isn't so simple for the one who's usually BEHIND the camera. I wound up needing to CREATE the moment. 

 That said, sometimes, in the middle of creating a moment, a REAL moment took place. And those moments were enough to keep me coming back for more. This week taught me to be more intentional about documenting my time with my kids and iPhone selfies aren't cutting it! I hope to share more photos of me in 2016. I want my kids to be able to look back through albums and see that I was there too!

Be sure to go check out my friend Sharleen's take on the Be in the Frame challenge here!

Don't want to mess with tripods and timers? Relax. I'll take care of everything.

Contact me today so you can tell me your family's story!