For Mother’s Day this year, Rich asked me what I would like to have/do.
I took the opportunity to say that I wanted for him to shoot a mini session of me and the girls as my gift. I take these chances when I can get them since he’s not always available to me because of work! And in my brief 4 years of experience as a mom, I’ve already learned that these photos mean so much to me as time goes by. I’m hoping that someday the photos we take will be appreciated by the girls as well. Photographing the kids by themselves is cute, and I’m sure they will value those images on some level as they age…but in my humble opinion, it is the images WITH either myself or Rich (or both of us) that will truly allow them to see tangible reminders of how much they were/are loved. How much we value them. How blessed we consider ourselves that God placed them in our temporary care. How thankful we are that He chose us to be their parents. How much joy they bring to our lives. How much fun we have together as a family.
We had a fall family session in October last year, but it had been since last summer in Dauphin Island that Rich had done a mini session with me and the girls (you can see those photos here and here). Sierra was only 5 months old and Alana has changed a ton since then as well.
So we ate a quick dinner together before heading out for our photo shoot. It was ironic, because it was a particularly frustrating meal time…Sierra has been teething and a bit sick and oh so fussy…just not herself lately. She cried the entire way through dinner, so I got her out of her high chair and held her while feeding her (and I may have eaten a few bites of my own dinner) but nothing really seemed to fully calm her down. At one point she got hysterical and I wondered if a photo shoot was the best idea. I mean, who wants to remember THOSE moments? 🙂 That wasn’t exactly the type of photo shoot I had in mind. I was hoping for some fun, some laughter, some love…
Rich was looking at me like “Tonight? Really? Are you masochistic or something?” I laughed and told him that I wanted to do it anyway because it was one of the precious few days lately that I actually felt fine…no terrible sinus headache. Plus, the sun was out, it was warm but not digustingly hot, and I hoped that getting outdoors would help Sierra’s mood regardless of whether we got any fabulous images. I consciously adjusted my expectations as we headed out the door for a nearby field.
The session started off a bit rough, with Sierra mainly interested in running around and playing rather than being held by me. Check out her opinion of this photo shoot:
But things quickly improved and Rich was able to capture images that I love. Not just for their aesthetic value, but because he captured my relationship with the girls. He captured our calm side, our fun side, our loving side. This is the best Mother’s Day gift I could ask for. I love my family and I’m so thankful for these girls. As I think about how difficult it is to be a mom, and how often I struggle with whether or not I am being a great mom, I also relax in the knowledge that God is well aware of all of my shortfalls, and His grace is at work. So Rich and I do our best, and we pray for these amazing girls.
And so, here are some of my favorite images from my Mother’s Day session with Alana and Sierra!
To my mom and my mother in law, Happy, Happy Mother’s Day. We love and appreciate you more than words could possibly express.
And Happy Mother’s Day to every mom reading this blog post!