Life is so different for us now, since our nights as drunk 20 year olds walking from old town Roseville to your house. I never expected you would marry a Scotsman and I would have chickens on two acres. It's not where my visions of us took me. I still think we will be old, husbandless and living together, sitting on our front porch yelling at kids to get off our lawn. But we'll be really old!
However, I would not change a thing about our lives as much as we may complain about our children. You are, by far, one of the most amazing moms I know. Just the fact that you lived in Ghana with two children astonishes me. You are brave! I would have had a mental breakdown that far from home. You are so adventurous and I see that spirit in your girls!
I am so glad I got to do a small session of your girls because I got to see how great of a mother you are! You are nurturing, but at the same time you know how to walk away and let them build their own independence. The best part about seeing you with your children is that you instinctively know how to talk to them. You don't baby, you're authoritative, but not mean. It's a comforting authority if that makes any sense, lol! I learned a lot from you and have copied your demeanor in trying situations with my son.
Just know that you are doing a great job! Seriously, i'm not just saying that because you are my friend! You have raised amazing human beings who are kind and smart and look up to you. They will be independent, self sufficient girls who will grow up to be independent, self sufficient women.
Peak into the Ross Sister's Life - Photo Slideshow
Arbaugh Family: Half-day Session in the Morning
I often get asked, "What does a family documentary session look like?" or "What is it?" when I tell people what my niche is in. They are often more curious about what the photos will look like at the end. So I put together two slideshows to help answer those questions.
These are two half-day sessions. The first session is of the Arbaugh family in their home doing their morning routine. The second session is of the Hood family doing their evening routine. The half day and full day sessions are strictly documentary. I photograph what unfolds, whether it’s laughter, tears or a tantrum, nothing goes unnoticed!
I often get requests for these sessions from moms who are the only picture takers in their family. They often tell me, “I am never in any pictures. I just want pictures of me being with my kids. I’m always the one taking pictures with my phone. I want something with me to put in my scrapbook, since I spend the most time with them.” Those statements are exactly why I do family photojournalism to help moms feel like an important part of their family! Because trust me they are the glue that keeps everything together!
*Hint to the husbands: Mother's Day isn't that far away and this type of session is the perfect gift for your wife!
So is this type of session something you would do? If so, I would love to get to know your family! Or you can take a peek at my FAQs if you still have any questions. Also, you find more about pricing here.
Hood Family: Half-day Session Evening
Maybe it's because I know that I'll never have another baby again or I just miss the sweet snuggles of a of a tiny human, but these first day of life sessions give me all the feels. I remember those precious first few days like it was yesterday. They were filled with wonder and delight, but also worry. Although this family didn't seemed worried I'm sure there were lots of times they were. It's all a part of being a parent.
Birth is a crazy thing. For a woman to grow another life inside of her is so weird, but also so amazing to think about as the same time. It's something so special that men can not do. Think about that for a second because women you are powerful just in that sense alone. You can birth another human being, men can't do that, they just can't. Women are the only ones and that is so meaningful and so powerful and should be celebrated. Without you, without women our species would fail to exist. I always thought birthdays should not just be for celebrating our children, but also a celebration of the mom that birthed you. Something to think about when your birthday rolls around, maybe a thank you card or small gift for your mom.
My absolute favorite photo from this session it the one pictured above. Mom looks completely in love and content looking at her baby with wonder. Baby is swaddled and in a peaceful sleep. This photo is the embodiment of motherhood that first day. In love, but tired and just wanting to give baby everything.
Sneak Peak of one of my favorite family's birthday party for their son. It was held at the indoor playground Wacky Tacky in Rancho Cordova outside Sacramento, California. It's such a fun and exciting place for toddlers and kids of any age, especially adult kids like me! It's also a documentary photographers dream with amazing framing and smiling faces galore.