The First Time

Mother and Child

I love being a photographer. Especially when I get to photograph different families that are part of one bigger family. On Tuesday I shared a mother and children session and I am delighted to be sharing a mother son session today from within that same family. The two sisters-in-law are married to brothers and the little guy today is just as adorable as his cousins, don’t you think?

I actually did their session first when the wildflowers were more in bloom which made for such a lovely background. I have been so looking forward to sharing these and now that they have been viewed and enjoyed by their recipients for Mother’s Day you can bask in all of the gorgeousness of a mother and son.

I have known this sweet mama’s husband for quite a long time and it has been such a joy getting to know her when they moved back here after meeting and marrying while he was in Idaho for college. She has the most pleasant and gentle demeanor and is also a very talented artist. Her watercolors are just beautiful!

Little man was a huge fan of the grass and as I was culling through the pictures I loved how his little toes were peeking through.

I haven’t had the opportunity to do many mother son sessions but this next image will probably remain one of my all time favorites no matter how many more I may take.

He was also happy to sit in mom’s lap and read a book. Just how precious is this?

Elisabeth Elliot once said of motherhood, “A woman knows that no one can really say where the giving ends and the receiving starts.” There is a paradoxical beauty in mothering…it is both gentle and strong, an emptying out and simultaneously, a filling up.

I have so enjoyed the last few weeks of photographing mothers with their children! This session was just a little extra special though. I loved being able to be a part of her having something tangible to send her own mother and grandmother to mark in some way the transition of moving from daughter and grandchild to mother herself.

Mothering Little Ones

Mother and Child

For those of you who don’t know I am mother to five children. My oldest was born in 1995 and my youngest was born in 2006. The three middle children were born in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Yep, you read that correctly. I was pregnant three years in a row. As you can imagine the first five years of new millennium are sorta hazy to me. Parenting little ones is not for the faint of heart and requires a continuous watchful eye else the natives will stage a coup.

These dear friends of ours work with much grace, patience, and love to tend their young children and consequently they are a delight to be around. And the consequence of the consequently is this session was just so enjoyable! I had to wait to share their images because they were making their way to the homes and hearts of a couple of grandmothers but Mother’s Day has passed and I can finally put a few of my favorites here on the blog.

I have so enjoyed shooting at this particular field of wildflowers this year and although we did these on the tail end of the blooming season we had just enough color to make for a pretty landscape. I think the pretty flowers came in second place to the wild blackberries the kids picked and ate though. Regardless, the smiles were as plentiful as the berries and the pictures turned out just so lovely!

Whenever I do family sessions I try to make sure that among the group portraits I include smaller groupings as well. Individuals and just the siblings, just mom and dad, girls only and boys only, etc. This is probably one of my most favorite sibling images I have ever captured. Such beautiful children and since I know them personally I can tell you they really are a joy to be around.

I have three of my own so sister pictures have a special place in my heart. And honestly, have you ever seen so much beautiful hair?

And while I may not have brothers how can you look at these and not feel your heart flutter at the handsomeness?

The afternoon was so perfect with gorgeous light and happy cooperative subjects…it’s the kind of thing photographers dream about.

Dad is not pictured since these were part of my mother and child series but he is a teacher at my girl’s school. He and his lovely wife also run Fox’s Farmstead and it has been so interesting watching and learning about how they raise pastured animals and grow such an abundant garden. Right now they are raising chickens that will produce a clean high quality meat and soon you will be able to purchase them since they do sell to the public. They also have an abundance of goats and egg laying hens, and even a peacock and maybe a goose still hanging around. They practice regenerative farming and if nothing else you should check out their facebook page and see the amazing before and after photos of prepping their pasture land.

True story: last year they were raising pigs and since baby pigs are cute everytime people were over they wanted to see them. And they all came back talking about how these pigs smelled like maple syrup. I was skeptical but went on a pig smelling quest on one of my visits and sure enough, the big ol’ fat pigs did indeed smell like maple syrup! Apparently fat happy pigs who have plenty of room to roam give off the scent of syrup. Who knew?