Sometimes you meet people you instantly like and connect with. That was her for me. I love her story, her family, her session.
First was a son. Then, came twins, so now that's three. Pregnant again, Yay, it's twins again! Now, there's 5. Pregnant again, wow, just wow - twins, again! Seven little babies for mom and dad!
The last in the "Bavarian Fields" breastfeeding sessions. The sunflowers had just bloomed, just in time for her as they are her favorite. So much sun, so many lovely flowers and tall grasses, and corn growing in the farm fields. I feel their connection. The comfort baby gets from mama. The laughs she has with her husband. All good stuff; the stuff of mothering, the stuff of families.
This woman radiates pure joy from her children.
Two little girls close in age, both in cloth diapers, the youngest is still lovingly nursed, one adorable kitty named Cooper, and two proud and a bit tired parents!!! I loved this light-filled session.
"I breastfeed because my mom breastfed us, and because God gave me the ability to feed my baby. It's the healthiest for him, and I love that I can feed him from my body. It's amazing!" - N
This is a few years ago now, again in England. His mother wanted to celebrate his age by having portraits done on the land they were privileged to call home. It boasted a wonderful cottage with a famous kitchen, a lake, a vineyard and butted up to ancient woods famous for it's Roman history.
This is taking me back to beautiful and beloved Suffolk, England. I loved having these fun and pretty sisters for a session. Every time I look at these I get all excited again, it was just so much fun to meet their grandmother who also came along with their mom. I eventually convinced mom to get in a photo and she ended up loving it so much she printed it on acrylic blocks as gifts! All natural light, courtesy of England's glorious September sunshine.
I love doing sessions with Tweens, maybe because I have two now. His mom contacted me as she was soon due to give birth to another son, and wanted to make sure she had a few portraits done while he was still her one and only.
"Breastfeeding to me means... Love and Sacrifice. There are no two greater words to describe the last 15 months of my life. Being a mother in general is one of the toughest jobs out there but when you add in breastfeeding you can face even more challenges. I have given up a lot to nurse my daughter...time with my husband, dairy and many other foods for 6 months, having more than a few hours to myself, feeling touched out at times because of having someone on me for so long and so, so much more. Despite all of that, I continued because of this amazing thing called love. The connection and bond I've created with my daughter, the beautiful memories made and the fact that I've given her the best start to life possible made it all incredibly worth it. I wish more were able to experience this beautiful thing but whether you make it to 15 months or 15 days you will feel more love and sacrifice than you think it's even possible to feel." ...E.
"I breastfeed because I want the best for my children. I have the amazing ability to nourish my child with what is naturally meant to nourish them. I breastfeed because I can't birth my children naturally, the way I instinctively feel I should, the way my body was made to. So, I feed my children the way I instinctually know how to feed them, the way my body was intended to because somehow I feel like it makes up for my shortcomings. I breastfeed to create a bond with my babies and to assure my babies that I will always be there." ... K.