Happy May Day! The weather may still feel a bit chilly, but May is finally here. In little over a week it will be Mother’s Day. This got me thinking back to some of the family sessions I did last year. Moms were always such an intregal part of the whole process. After all, moms are the ones who have usually booked the session. They are the ones who figure out the coordinating outfits for everyone. They are the ones who dress the kids (hopefully dad helps with this!) and gets everyone to the session on time. When it comes to family sessions, moms do it all.
I love the photos I get of moms with their children. (see below) Through my lens, I can see how much kids ADORE their moms, and in turn, that adoration fills moms with joy. I’ve spoken with moms who wanted to get family photos, but had reasons they were waiting. I get it, it’s so hard! Moms somehow seem to put themselves last.
My girls are 18 months apart in age. Yes, they are now young adults, but I can vividly remember how hard it was when they were little. I barely left the house for the first 6 months after my second daughter was born! I took many photos of my girls as babies and toddlers, but the last thing I wanted to do was get in the photo myself.
But the truth of the matter is moms need to be in pictures with their kids because these are the images our children will look back at in the future. We want them to remember that Mom was there with them.
Writer and mom, Allison Tate wrote a very moving essay that went viral, called The Mom Stays In The Picture. In it she says,
I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.
In honor of Mother’s Day I am hosting a GIVEAWAY for a free spot in my Spring Sessions! They are being held Saturday May 18th, here at my beautiful beach. To enter, all you need to do is go to my Facebook Page, make sure you like it, and then tag 3 friends in the comments. I will randomly choose a winner this Sunday May 5th.
Thanks so much for stopping by and please be sure to scroll all the way down to see a photo of myself with my little girls, Mother’s Day – 2003. <3
Linda Sobolewski is an on-location, natural-light, professional photographer specializing in seniors, baby, family & children photography.
Linda Sobolewski Photography is based out of Westbrook, CT and serves the Connecticut shoreline and surrounding areas.