Mother's Day tribute || Arlington Va family photographer
I am passionate about capturing families, and freezing memories and moments. I think now, with my own little one on the way, I've somehow become even more passionate about it. I don't know about you mommas, but I already dread our little one growing up, and he or she isn't even here yet! I want to savor every moment of our baby's childhood, because I know they grow and change so quickly.
I think moms really recognize and value the need to freeze those precious childhood moments. They so often are the ones reaching for their cameras (or phones) to take photos. We celebrate every milestone and growth, while simultaneously wishing time would slow down. We love to preserve the moments and the memories, because we recognize the future value in those photos. When I look back on my own childhood photos however, it isn't just the photos of my sister and I that I love, but the photos with our parents in them too. As a daughter, soon to be a mother, I cherish those photos even more. They remind me of some wonderful childhood memories, but they also make me appreciate how much our mom did for us. I know some days were hard, my sister and I were not always the easiest, but as I get ready to mother my own little one, I look to her, and the example she set of what kind of mother I want to be. She wasn't perfect, because no mother is, but she loved us fiercely and it shows in every single one of my childhood photos. She sacrificed for us, cried for us, and with us, prayed for us, encouraged us to pursue every fleeting interest until we found our own passions in life, and most importantly she taught both of us to love Jesus above all else. I hope I can do 1/2 as well with my own kiddos as she did. And I'm so thankful for all the photos she took, but especially for the ones she got in the frame for too.
So mommas this is a reminder that you need to exist in photos too. You are just as much a part of your kid's childhood story, as they are. These photos aren't just for you as a mother, but are also for your children, and someday their children. So get in the frame. Hand someone your camera (or phone), set up a timer, or call me. Family photos are part of our legacy and a beautiful part of our children's story. A story that will live on for generations in your family.
I chose to convert all of these images into black and white, so that they would be more cohesive, and so that the emotion of the images would stand out. In going through photos, I converted some that I originally presented only in color. If I converted one of your images, and you would like a copy, please send me an email. I would love to gift you the digital negative for Mother's Day!
And last, but certainly not least, are these amazing mothers. My sister, my mom, my mother in law, and my sister in law. As my husband and I get ready to welcome our own little one, I am so thankful for these women, and the examples they have set for me as I start my own journey into motherhood!
Happy Mother's Day!