Celebrating Motherhood | A Hampton Roads Lifestyle Session

This session was one of the most meaningful sessions I've had to date.  When Kristin contacted me for her session, she mentioned that she had a couple of milestones she wanted captured before they were just a memory.  Her youngest daughter was turning six months old and she was celebrating 6 months of tandem.  Not only had she been nursing her baby, she had also continued nursing her toddler.  Let's just think about that for a minute.  This supermom breastfed her toddler throughout her second pregnancy AND continued to do so while keeping up with the constant feedings of a newborn.  That. Is. Incredible. 

Any mother who has breastfed a child knows how much dedication, commitment, selflessness, determination, and complete exhaustion comes along with it.  It's a beautiful, incredible time in a woman's life, but it can be HARD.  She was able to overcome all of the challenges that come with breastfeeding, times two!!  PLUS her newborn experienced serious challenges breastfeeding due to a lip tie and a tongue tie.  I mean...is this woman amazing or what?! When reflecting on her experience breastfeeding, Kristin mentioned that she and her husband experienced 4 miscarriages before her oldest daughter was born.  She feels that the breastfeeding has greatly helped the healing process because for so long, deep down inside, she felt like her body was failing her.  Now, not only has she carried and given birth to two baby girls, but she's also provided them with nourishment and formed a deep connection to them through breastfeeding.  I remember her looking down at the baby during the session and saying how amazing it was that every little ounce of chunk on her sweet baby was put there by her own body.  I just loved that! It stuck with me.  Every inch and every pound was a gift from her mother.

Although most of the reason for the session was to celebrate the baby's 6 month milestone and capture all of her 6-month-old adorable-ness, it also ended up being a session to just celebrate motherhood and all of it's beauty and challenges.  We were able to capture SO many incredible moments and memories during our couple of hours together.  I was able to document connections between a mother and her two precious daughters, just doing what they do together every day right now.  Playing.  Nursing.  Learning.  Growing.  Loving.  Laughing.  Snuggling.  I'm so honored that Kristin invited me into her home to capture such an important time in her life.  These moments so quickly become just a memory, but she now has photographs to look back at these precious, fleeting days and every detail about them.  She has it documented to take with her when they move to another house and another city.  She has it for when her daughters graduate high school.  For when they get married.  She has these memories documented to enjoy for the rest of her life.  And her children and grandchildren will have these photos look back on for decades after that.  Her daughters will look at these photos one day when they're grown and be in awe and amazement of all that their mother did for them, all that she accomplished, and how much love she had in her eyes every time she looked at them.  Are you all crying yet? Because I sure am!

Ok...back to the celebrating!  Not only did we get some ADORABLE photos of baby "G" with all of her sweet baby dimples, but we also captured some amazing milestones that happen around the 6 month mark.  If you look closely, you'll see that she has a TINY tooth that had just barely broken through!  She was also gaining her balance sitting.  She was able to sit for a few seconds at a time on her own.  But what was even more exciting than all of that was seeing her make her very first forward movements!! She was learning to crawl right in front of my lens!  Everyone got so excited and cheered when they saw her get up on her hands and knees and make those first clumsy pushes forward to reach a toy she'd had her eyes on.  As I was editing the session later, I learned that we actually didn't see the very first time, but my camera did!  Can you find the moment when she figures out how to move forward?  I'll give you a hint, you'll see the progression in the background of some photos of Big Sister and Mommy! 

I just melted when I saw these sweet girls connecting and holding hands while mommy provided them comfort and nourishment! Be still my heart!!

I just melted when I saw these sweet girls connecting and holding hands while mommy provided them comfort and nourishment! Be still my heart!!

Oh, those elbow and hand dimples!

Oh, those elbow and hand dimples!

Look! Look!  Do you see it?! She DID IT!!!

Look! Look!  Do you see it?! She DID IT!!!

There's that little tooth I told you about!

There's that little tooth I told you about!

Kristin, you're doing it right. And you're doing it so, so well.  Motherhood looks beautiful on you.