Rocker of fussy babies.
Kisser of boo-boos.
Keeper of the keys (to the minivan that is).
And notoriously the taker of pictures instead of the subject.
I know you hear it all the time - "Moms! Get in the pictures with your kids!"
Like you need one more thing on your plate to worry about, right?
Listen, I'm a photographer and even I struggle with getting in the pictures. It's so much easier to just take the cute photo of my kids than to find someone else to take the picture with me included.
However, I do think it's important for us moms to get in the pictures when we can. Our kids will thank us for it one day - I promise!
In honor of Mother's Day and to encourage you to find value in photos of yourself, here are my 10 favorite photos of moms:
1. The First Look
The look on a mother's face the very first time she sees her baby - whether it's her 1st baby or her 5th - is always mesmerizing to me. This moment was so sweet - before the baby even made it to her chest, mom was already overcome with emotion for her precious girl.
2. Still her baby
This photo is from another birth photography session, but the mom here is actually the new grandma. He is her youngest child and her only boy. He was coming out of the OR to announce the healthy delivery of his baby girl, and his mom just wrapped him up in a bear hug.
3. Man on a Mission
This little guy was having a cluster feeding day when I showed up for his lifestyle newborn session. His sweet momma was trying so hard to get him to snuggle up high on her chest for photos, but he only wanted one thing. Shout out to all the breastfeeding moms out there laughing because you've been there before too.
4. Birdie Kisses
This cutie pie gave the sweetest kisses I have ever seen. She would open her mouth like a little baby bird and kiss on the nose. Her mom told me she's so happy she has this photo now because her little one stopped giving kisses like this just days after our family portrait session.
5. Big Brother
What's not to love? Gorgeous mama-to-be. Super sweet big brother. Belly kisses.
It was such a quick moment, I'm so glad I was fast enough to catch it!
6. Smiling Newborn
Baby girl obviously loves kisses from her mommy. Look at that little smile!
7. Momma's Boy
There's just something about a mom and her son. You can see it in the big smile on this gorgeous mom's face!
8. Hello Baby
This little nugget is my goddaughter and her momma is one of my best friends. This photo may not look like much more than a sweet photo of mom and her new baby to you... but if you only knew. If you knew the long, heart-wrenching journey that beautiful woman traveled to get to this sweet girl, you would know that this is a photo of a true miracle.
9. The BEST Mom
If we're talking about the best mom, then clearly we're talking about MY mom. I can't have a favorite mom photos post without sharing a photo of my own mom! She is the most incredible woman I know and she's an even better Nonnie! I love watching her let loose and play with my kids. Sometimes I'm even lucky enough to sneak up and catch one of those sweet moments on camera...
10. Just Me
It would be a little hypocritical of me to try to tell you the importance of getting in the photos without following through myself, right? So here I am - in all my mom-bun-and-gym-clothes glory, loving these precious babies of mine.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you beautiful moms out there! Give yourself a gift this year - get someone else to take a picture so you can be in it!
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