My friend and long-time client, Tara, writes ever so eloquently, ever so raw, and unabashedly about faith, hope and mommy hood on her blog of the same name. You’ve likely seen her in the opening slideshow on the homepage of my website and across many of my studio materials. She’s the stunning brunette with the gorgeous pregnant belly in the cream gown and blush flower crown standing against that wash of spring greenery. We photographed her maternity session just a few weeks before they found out what life may hold for their miracle baby, Piper. Piper’s story – and the resulting Grace Blanket Drive, the famous raspberry and pink Piper’s Pod t-shirts, and so much more – and Tara’s storytelling is the sort that sticks with you long after you’ve closed your browser.
I simply feel better about the world we live in because I know there are people like her in it.
Which brings me to her most recent post entitled “Own Your Warrior Status.” In it, she writes:
I’d love for other mommas to take a look in the mirror, and own your warrior status. Every family has their struggle, every marriage a hardship, every single person has gone through a personal hell in their life. There is no need to compare journeys with others, to determine who had it harder. We have walked a path that equips us to help someone, somewhere, somehow, someday. Own it. Embrace your warrior and hold your head up and know you can…because duh, you rock!
If you happen to follow Tara on Facebook or Instagram, then you know she’s the queen of simply being present and being IN the photos with her children. She’s the queen of owning her Warrior Status.
Good hair day. Bad hair day (we all have them!). Sadness. Happiness. Silliness. Joy. Grief. She shows up for all of it. And every time I see her posts, I feel inspired by her resolve. I feel empowered by her drive. And I feel humbled by her grace.
And that brings me to the session I’m blogging today.
When was the last time you stepped into an image with your children? Even if just a selfie with goofy grins?
I can’t stress enough the importance of allowing yourself to see yourself through the eyes of your children. Images accomplish that- preserve that feeling – in a way that looking in the mirror simply cannot. The tiny hands grasping your face. The sweet kisses. The laughter. You are every bit the Warrior to them. The healer. The fixer. The hugger. The holder. The chef. The storyteller. And, even on your worst days, you’re every bit as incredible as anything they’ve ever known.
This beautiful mama came to me with a vision of herself and her daughters in matching tulle gowns and a desire to fill her walls with professional portraits that freeze this moment in time. These were their first professional portraits together.
Working in tandem on the creative planning, we made that vision a reality both in the session itself and, upon viewing, in the wall displays we created for her home.
I squealed out loud when she sent me a quick snap of the final pieces now gracing her dining room wall. (See her quick phone snap of the finished display below).