I am many things. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a photographer. I know what it's like to be down in the trenches of motherhood. I know the whole range of emotions that come with that because I am right. there. with. you. Mom's I'm talking to you this blog- I'm writing this straight to you. If you've ever considered a scheduling a shoot with me, but have been held back, I just want you to know these 3 things before you book with me.
These are the things I want you to know before your session. Your house is fine. You are fine. Your kids are fine. Book the session, laugh a lot, hug your kids, kiss your husband, play fetch with the dog. You deserve to be in pictures with your kids. Take these 3 things into consideration and I promise you will get the most out of your session with me! And yes, that bottom picture is me without a single drop of makeup and my hair in a ponytail and my kids are in their play clothes. It's my favorite picture of us.
Rachel's story is one a lot of us can relate to, yet unique to their own family. She and her husband both work from home. They've settled into a comfortable routine, the kind that comes with doing life together for years...the kind that can be comfortable in silence and in chaos. Their life together has been built on triumph and tragedy, love and loss.
Though the home they are in is a temporary one, it's home for now. They have each other and that's home enough. The feeling of "home" is all encompassing the second you walk through their door.
Their beautiful, yet ordinary, mornings consist of Daddy getting up first and fixing breakfast for the children. Promptly at 7:30am, the girls are sent to wake up Mommy. I arrived just in time to see them jumping on the bed and snuggling in for morning cuddles. Then, the familiar routine of divide and conquer begins. Daddy brushing teeth assembly line style, while Mommy dresses and brushes hair. A quick goodbye as Daddy takes the girls to school.
And then, there were two.
Mommy and Little get quiet time together to snuggle, read, and fill up Little's heart with love and quality time before Mommy settles in for work.
I asked Rachel about her work and what it means to her to be able to work from home and share in these moments with her girls. She says, "I have shared my passion and educated my community on Young Living Essential Oils for the past 5 years and I've made a full time career out of it. We're [my husband and I] both extremely entrepreneurial minded and have been happiest working at home for ourselves! As far as motherhood, I've been super intentional with my time. I have set time blocks for work and set time blocks for family. Of course it can vary day to day which is the beauty of working from home."
Intentional. I like that a lot. Being intentional with our time, our relationships, and our commitments.
To say that I enjoyed photographing and working with their family would be an understatement. They welcomed me into their home as if I were an old family friend, greeted at the door on a cold, crisp fall morning with a warm hug and offers of hot coffee- by strangers no less. I was thrown directly into their morning routine and I was rewarded with real life goodness and given the freedom to document their truth...even down to brushing teeth and struggling to put tights on wiggly little girls. Being given that freedom and that trust is an honor.
I think being in front of the camera can do one of two things: it can make you self-conscious and "camera aware" (as we call it in the documentary community) or you can embrace it in an authentic and organic way. They embraced it and in turn, they truly have images that document this season of their life. They will be able to look back at this unscripted morning and see the real, honest love an ordinary morning brings.
I offered these sweet sessions last year and loved them. To be a mother is one of life's greatest joys, but so often there's no proof of mom other than a few awkward selfies or slightly blurry cell phone shots because you are always behind the scene. You're kissing boo boos, nursing the baby, folding laundry, you're the one taking the photos, making sure their memories are documented in some fashion. It's so important for your kids to see their mama loving them in pictures.
So, this one is just for you mama.
These one of a kind sessions are tailored to fit your needs, to tell your story on your terms. A story filled with emotion, connection, and love. A portrait of motherhood, unique to you. What story is it you want to tell? Quietly nursing the baby or a stroll to the cafe down the street? Brunch at your favorite restaurant? A walk in the park or a morning visit to the library? Or would you like a studio session with a boho chic feel? The choice is up to you and I have put together some pretty sweet options for you.
Mornings with Mom On Location: A one hour storytelling session with a small gallery of images to download (10-15) at the location of your choice. A keepsake mini accordion album (3x3) is included or an elegant professionally matted 5X7 print of your choice (final size 8x10). These storytelling sessions are priced at $225.
Mornings with Mom In Studio: Up to 1.5 hours in a boho chic studio located in Suffolk, Virginia with a small gallery of (15-20) images to download. A keepsake mini accordion album (3x3) is included or an elegant professionally matted 5x7 image of your choice (final size 8x10). These in -studio sessions are priced at $350.
These sessions are only available during the calendar school year (9/3/19- 6/5/19) and only during the weekdays between the hours of 8:30am and 1:00pm. A retainer fee is required to book and will apply to the overall cost of your session.
To book your session, click here or simply click on the contact tab above.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.