I’ve decided to jump into this blogging thing with a renewed mission! I’m still going to catch up on all the older unblogged sessions, but I’ll be doing a #TBT type of thing. Just don’t count on Thursdays only lol. I’ll do a throwback post whenever I can fit them in, and newer session posts once a week.
So right now I have to share what will definitely be one of my faves for 2013. My first Mommy & Me session. When I cooked up this idea I had no idea what would come through my door. No idea the stories I would hear, no idea the friendships & network I would build. It took me weeks and what seemed like forever to comb through all the email replies I got to my casting call. I was overwhelmed. SO MANY of your replied! No one even knew what they were signing up for! It just showed me how much you trust me with yourselves and your kiddos and it really taught me so much more than I ever anticipated!
Much more to come on all this in future posts. These Mommy & Me Sessions have been such learning and growing experience for me that I really want to share. I do family photography – we are moms, right? The stories are going to ring true for so many of you out there… !
My first girl (and we are all “girls” at heart, are we not? I got yelled at once for referring to a group of women as “girls” instead of “ladies” or “women”… it struck me as odd since most of them were much older than me. I thought to myself, “hey, I’d love to be called a ‘girl’ by a fellow ‘girl’ at ANY age, really!”. Ok, sorry – tangent!)
Anyway – this “girl” ended up becoming my MUA (makeup artist) for these sessions and more. You’ll most likely see her (and possibly her IMpossibly adorable daughter Bella) at your shoot if you book a Mommy & Me. It was an instant connection, an instant “click” of personalities. I find this gets more and more rare the older I get and so, that much more valueable.
So Christina is a mom, like you and me. She is a talented and professional makeup artist and can be hired for weddings, commercial work, makeup classes/parties, and photography sessions. She’s been tweeted about by celebrity event planners. And she’s just a super cool chick to have lunch with. Trust me, I know.
You would be doing yourself a crazy disservice if you didn’t stop by her website and facebook page. Especially if you are getting married soon.
So…whereas I’m always the one behind the camera…she’s always the one behind the brush. She never gets done up. She’s always the one doing YOU up. Her hair is pulled up neatly in a bun and she looks every bit the makeup pro. I couldn’t have asked for a better first mom for these sessions. That’s her story in a nutshell…there’s more… and the best part is telling it with the images…
Christina’s before & after:
Ok so there was this cake…
And honestly, I took one look at it and gagged. I think Mommy made it. I didn’t know what was up but I started looking for an exit – asap.
Of course they didn’t let me off the hook that easily and I have to admit, I was a *little* intrigued by the pink thing.
So, I touched it.
Um, hello – Mommy? There’s ickiness on my fingers. You might want to come over here and handle this.
Ok…I see how it is. Well, maybe I can just wipe it off right…there. Ugh.
Do you see this? It’s on my leg. This is somehow acceptable to you?
Maybe I can just…uh…kick it away…
Ok now it’s ALL OVER ME. Omg! Get me outta here! Waaaahhh!
Wait a minute…I got some in my mouth…hmm, this stuff tastes kinda good! You might be onto something with eating this, Mommy…but… I have to say…
Ok, I can’t believe that you are just going sit there clicking that clicky thing while all this is going on here. Not cool. I am done.
Where’s that exit again?