School has been in session here in Hampton Roads for several weeks now and I think we've all been able to settle into a routine... or at least some semblance of one! I'm a hot mess 98% of the time, so I'm not sure even routines can help me!
Every year, during the calendar school year, I have offered something called Mornings with Mom sessions. They are short and sweet, 45-minute sessions only offered during the school day, during the school year.
It's just a sweet way to grab a few pictures of you and your Little, doing whatever it is you do in the morning hours.
If you'd like to book one with me, here's everything you need to know:
When: Monday-Friday, during the school year/ending May 31, 2023
These have to be scheduled around 10:00am.
Incudes: an online, private gallery of images for you to download and lovely 11x14 print of your favorite image
Where: Anywhere in Hampton Roads- your home, your favorite park, your local coffee shop, etc.
I am so happy to be able to offer these to my local mama's. I think this season of life is so precious! I'd love to hear what you think and talk to you about what memories you want to preserve.
Most of you know, I am a mama myself. I have 3 absolutely precious babies and the oldest is now a pre-teen. Let me tell you a few things I have learned in my years of parenting. There are highs and lows. Days when you feel on top the the world and days when you feel like the world is crashing down on you. But also, those children have the ability to make everything alright with that one look that tells you that you are their everything.
Time passes too quickly. It is absolutely one of the most heartbreaking things of parenthood. The days can seem so long, but the years go by so, so fast. I always hate the expression "in the blink of an eye" because it's so cliché ... but it does go by in the blink of an eye and I can't think of a better way to tell you or prepare you for that. There really is no preparation for it. But what I can do for you is freeze a few of those moments. Capture just a few of those quiet, beautiful in betweens. The moments that make you feel something. The ones that will make you long for one more cuddle.
There's going to be a day when you won't have that baby at home any more. There will be a day when you drop them off to school. Or even if you homeschool, there will be a day when more time is spent away from you than with you. And that, my friends, that is where the real heartbreak begins. You're torn between being so proud of them for growing strong, curious, and independent...yet, there's a part of you that's so sad. It's a strange phenomenon and it feels so...different. Seasons of change have the tendency to make us feel all sorts of different ways. It can be a real emotional rollercoaster. I'll be the first to admit, I'm not good with change.
Maybe it's the artist in me, but I think as humans we just find it easier for art to give a voice to our feelings. I find a lot of comfort in the pictures we have together. I look back at them from over the years and it fills my heart with joy to see the memories we have made, the things I have forgotten.
Mornings with Mom sessions are sessions specifically designed to document this season of life. These sessions are 1 hour, in home or at your favorite place. They come with a gallery of 10-15 images for you to download and a beautiful, vintage brass 5x7 keepsake hanging frame with a 4x6 gorgeous torn edge heirloom print mounted inside. These sessions are $275 and are only available weekdays from 9am-12 pm during the calendar school year.
If you'd like to book a session, contact me here or use the Contact tab above. Also, while we are on the subject, take a look at this blog: 3 Things I Wish Every Mother Knew Before Her Session. Written from my heart to yours, whether you book a session with me or not. I want every mama to know that I am in your corner, I am rooting for you, and you are enough.
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.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.