The M Family | CT Family Photographer

"I want photographs that make me feel happy"

Before every session I like to meet with the family's I will be photographing.  If I am here to tell your story, I need to KNOW your story. I need to know who you are, who your children are, what you like to do, what you think, what you feel, how your journey has been as a family. To me, you are important. Your journey is important. And whether we know it or not, it will influence our session.  I need to connect with my clients, to do some soul searching with them, and to find out why this session is important, and what we can do to create a meaningful session.

When I met with this mama, I asked her "What does your family do for fun", and she laughed, told me they don't really like the beach, or hikes, that she loves to run, and her daughter loves to ride her bike.

A few days before our session, I received a message from her.  She told me she went home still thinking about this question I had asked, and she had thought of what her family loves to do together.  They love to try new tea! And, she remembered they had a beautiful tea set her father in law had given them, who has passed away a few years ago.  She mentioned setting up a tea party using this tea set, combining her family's favorite pastime with a homage to her late father in law.

Days after editing these images, I kept thinking to myself something she had said during our first meeting.  When I had asked, "Why were these portraits important to you", she had immediately answered, "Because I want photographs that make me feel happy".  I think this answer pretty much sums up what I ideally want for my clients. I want photographs that make you feel happy when you look at them.  I want to capture moments and things that make your heart melt with happiness when looking at it.  Happiness, joy, love, celebration.  This is all I want for my amazing families <3

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The S Family | CT Family Photographer

Meet mama Becky and her beautiful family.  I met them and spent a couple hours with them in their home, capturing beautiful moments that made my mommy heart melt with happiness <3

For mama Becky, a her home was the perfect place for our session.  This is where she birthed her children, her two beautiful babies.  This is a special place filled with happiness and joy.

So we played, we read books, we laughed, we jumped on the bed, and we celebrated love within this family and this home <3

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Mama Virginia | CT Motherhood Photographer

Meet Virginia.  The kindest, most beautiful soul with the biggest heart in the world.

I met Virginia when she reached out to me asking if I needed a hair and makeup artist to work with. I honestly believe every opportunity we are presented with will flourish into something we never imagined.  Not only is she so good to my dear mama clients, but I we have created this amazing friendship.

I've watched her overcome struggles while breastfeeding. I've watched her build this beautiful bond with her daughter, and how much it meant to her.  When her daughter was a little younger, Virginia was hospitalized.  She fought so very hard for breastfeeding help and assistance, feeling scared THIS would be the reason she had to end her journey.

I think when we become mothers, something greater grows in us.  We become mama bears, protective of our young, ready to fight for our children, for ourselves, in a way we never have before.  I watched this mama struggle to receive assistance in the hospital, I could feel and empathize with her frustrations.  I wished I could hug her, to be there with her, to cry with her. As a fellow breastfeeding mama I know that feeling of not getting the help and support you know you need, and how frustrating it can be.  But this mama wasn't giving up! She pushed until she received the help and support she needed and deserved.

Now, she is nearing the end of her breastfeeding journey, and I feel so blessed to be able to help her celebrate this special time in her life.  The love of her family, the acknowledgement of her strength & perseverance, and the celebration of such a wonderful journey <3

 

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