We’ve probably heard the comment that Mother’s Day is just another “trademark holiday”, but have you ever paused to wonder why it’s important to celebrate motherhood? The reasons are endless, but in the past few years I’ve come to some revelations in my own life that have inspired me to offer my annual maternity mini-sessions.
These photo sessions allow a mother to put herself first while celebrating the beautiful family who created her. It is so important and meaningful to me to be able to offer my clients this opportunity because photography can have a powerful impact on a family (more on this in my post on Legacy Portrait Photography) and a mother’s self-esteem. Let me explain …
When my son Cameron was 4 years old, he was looking at photos from a family outing we took as babies and very innocently asked why I hadn’t gone. Feeling nervous, I apologized for being behind the camera, but it hit me like a ton of rocks that one day my kids would look at their childhood photos and wonder where their mother was.
In a moment of brutal honesty with myself, I realized that I had avoided being in photos with my kids because I didn’t like the way I looked. I gained more weight than I would have liked with my pregnancies and kept telling myself, “Oh, I’ll step in when I look better.” Little did I know that it would appear to my kids that I was literally and figuratively not in the picture. I decided then and there to put myself back in the story and make my presence known – not despite my extra 30 pounds of baby weight, but because of it!
I wanted my boys to know what it would take to breed them because that was all part of my journey and I’m damn proud of it. I hope we will recognize that while it is important to make healthy choices and take care of our bodies, there are seasons in life and the most important thing is to show yourself.
Another reason I chose to include myself in photos is because I had a similar experience with my mother who was absent from photos from my childhood. For many reasons of the same body image as me, she was always against being in photos.
To hear my mother say these things about herself was heartbreaking because when I look at them I don’t see any of these “imperfections”. She was always beautiful to me and I just wanted a few photos that capture our mutual interactions. In any case, I found that I had very few photos of her in the current form.
As a photographer, and especially as a daughter, this was unacceptable, so I urged her to let me do her portrait. It was a real struggle at first, but it was worth it. These images were so precious to me that I decided to make family portraits an annual tradition – and that’s how my Motherhood Mini Sessions were born.
I’m willing to bet my mom and I aren’t the only ones who were camera shy. If you fall into this category, think about how much you appreciate seeing your mother in your childhood photos and whether your children will see your presence in theirs. There are a variety of reasons why celebrating motherhood is important, and one way you can do it this year is by taking your family portraits.
Our maternity mini-sessions are meant to be simple and cute – all you have to do is show up dressed (if you need ideas on how to get dressed, check out my posts on What To Wear For Your Spring Family Photo Shoot And How To Color Coordinated Clothes For Family Portrait) and we’ll take care of the rest! I promise you will have fun, feel appreciated, and will take some photos with you to appreciate!