I started this session as a personal challenge. The previous owners of our home were avid gardeners. That means that we are now blessed with gorgeous flowers, all around our house, pretty much from spring until fall. There’s always something! As much as I enjoy this, it also drives me crazy every single year. Most of the flowers are right up against the house, so it doesn’t make for a great portrait photo op. So, this year, I challenged myself. I wanted to do a session that would allow me to soak up some of that beauty and not make it obvious that they are right up against the house and/or along my driveway! I invited Heather and her nursling over for some Breastfeeding portraits, mostly because I don’t get to do those often enough and I LOVE capturing that sacred time. I feel like it goes really well with the “mother nature” and “growing new things” beauty of Spring.
I started with my favorite location, this old Apple tree. It, along with most others in my yard, is in full bloom right now and it’s so “promising” looking. I take my own children’s portraits here several times a year, so I knew that even if I didn’t get much out of the other location challenges, I’d have a beautiful portrait for her to hang on her wall.
I have to say I had a lot of fun finding the new portrait “corners” around my home. The funny thing was, I knew I could make it work. I wasn’t surprised at my results. But I was surprised at what I found…..
I found this amazing momma, who barely needed guidance to look this amazing. She was so calm and “at one” with her little nursling, they just seemed to melt together and I found myself not wanting to pose them in any way. (I did a few things here and there, but nothing major.) I didn’t even want to talk to them much because of the way her baby was just entranced with his momma’s face.
He lovingly tugged on her curls, just like I’ve seen my own babies do to me. I admit, that sometimes, I get really annoyed at those “tugs”, but today, I’m just so happy that I had the chance to photograph them for this momma. Because, I know that all too soon, they won’t be pulling my hair anymore.
They won’t be sitting in my arms, gazing into my eyes, or needing me for every little thing. And, while their independence simply means that I’ve done my job well, it’s a big change. Just like the blooms on these trees.
So now you’re asking (or did you forget), “what did you find?” I found LOVE. Tons of it. And, years down the road, when this little one isn’t so little, his momma is going to have these moments, captured proof of how she felt about him. Nothing can replace that. Heather, thank you for coming to me and allowing me to capture these moments!
One more, a simple and pure one: