Let's dig out one of my favorite fall photoshoots, shall we? Nigel had his senior photoshoot at a park in the near nothside of Indianapolis, where the fall color is chalk-full of yellow and gorgeous fall color. We even snuck his sister in there for a shot for mom (they are basically models!). In addition to the leaves and forest shots, we brought in some architectural elements. Recognize those ruins? It's Holiday Park! Fun fact: full fall color in Indianapolis is Halloween. Nigel, I hope you're enjoying college!
Three adorable boys? Check. Perfect pregnant belly? Check. Completely in love couple? Check and check! This maternity shoot was focused on family, family, family - they were growing by one, and ended up adding a girl to all of those boys! How exciting! This styled shoot took place at the Fixer Upper farm, northeast of Indianapolis. The farm was the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous shoot. They snuggled in a grove of trees, looked at horsies, and played with a picnic quilt. Those boys loooove their daddy, and my favorite shot is when Dad and his sons are all tickling each other! Lindzi, we hope your boys are busy loving on their sister!
I had the honor of photographing Colby and her gorgeous daughter, Abriana. Colby is extremely studious and was actually set to graduate barely after her due date! Luckily, she was able to attend her graduation, making little Abriana the world's best graduation present. I was excited to use my new bonnet for this sweet babe, and she was nice and sleepy for some photos with mom. Colby, you are gorgeous and so is your darling daughter!
I absolutely loved photographing Andrea's family - her little guy was such an amazing sleeper! They came into the photography studio when he was s sweet 10 days old. I absolutely love placing newborns on minimalist white, black, and gray backgrounds, to keep all of your focus on baby. I can't wait to take some first birthday photos of this little one!
Denise and little Silas came into the studio recently for a Mommy & Me photoshoot. You may recognize him from some of my posts about these Limited Edition sessions - he was such the little cutie with tons of personality!
These sessions include two looks: a modern, simple look with a gray backdrop, and a light & airy setup. We focused on their relationship - both silly and sweet. The bond between little boys and their moms is incredibly special. One minute, those boys are pestering mom, and the next, they're proclaiming their undying love to the most beautiful woman they've ever seen. Silas, I hope you always show your mom how much you love her!
Kye welcomed me into her home to photograph her family with a lifestyle photo session. These sessions are less about posing and looking at the camera, and more about authentic interactions. They held a tea-party (complete with invisible tea!), and read their favorite book, The Book With No Pictures.
Their interior was an amazing backdrop for this shoot. We captured not only those everyday moments of life, but also their beautiful house that they've worked hard to make a home. Thank you guys so much for letting me document your family!
Moms, I'm writing to you today about something really important:
Your kids are being documented without you.
We take hundreds, thousands of photos of our children, but rarely do we step in the photo with them. There are so many excuses - I don't have makeup on, I need to lose ten pounds, I don't need a photo of myself....
I get it. I really do. As a mom of three boys myself, I understand the pregnancy weight gain, the stretch marks, losing my pre-mom body, and being constantly covered in spit-up. I don't feel pretty when I just spent the day chasing children, wiping their noses, and collecting balls from the roof. I love my kiddos, but getting a photoshoot done with them sounds like an hour of herding goats while they eat my clothes. And why do I need to be in the photos, anyway?
Because here's the thing: those photos are important.
They're important because your kids should be able to have photos with their mom.
When they grow up and look back through albums, will your children have any photos with you? Every moment of their young lives, they looked to you for snuggles and comfort, and depended on you for everything necessary to thrive. That was their life, and that's how they will remember it. Those precious little kisses, hugs, and silly faces you make at each other is something they deserve to have photographed, to hold onto and look back on as they age.
These photos are important because you are beautiful.
Even when you don't feel beautiful, you are beautifully their mother. They don't look at you and think, "Gee mom, you should really lose 5 pounds." They look at you and think, "That's my mom and I love her."
They think, My mom can do anything. She makes every owie better. She is the world's greatest snuggler, and no mommy anywhere in the world is better than my mommy. She is the prettiest mommy I've ever seen, especially in the morning in bed, when I jump in to wake her up with kisses.
You are beautiful because of who you are, and your children know that.
I know it, too. So please mommas - don't hesitate any longer. It's time to document your relationship with your little ones before they grow up.