The Mother Daughter Portrait

"A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of herself.  And mothers are their daughters' role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships."  -unknown

While I am lucky to be the mother of both a son and daughters, I can say unequivocally that my daughter's birth and newborn days were filled with an indrescribable joy and excitement.  A girl.  A shopping buddy.  A dear friend.  A beloved daughter.  There is truly something unique about the connection between mothers and daughters.  It is a bond that should be celebrated and captured.  I am so excited to share with you the images from my first mother-daughter portrait session.

My friend Susan is the director of my children's preschool, a bubbly and vivacious mother of two who lights up a room.  I am so encouraged by her lack of hesitation to be photographed with her daughters. I really think people who work with children for a living "get it" in a way that some of us just don't.  They live in the moment, they deeply understand how quickly kids grow up, and they revel in their innocence, honesty, and beauty.  I was so excited to photograph someone who "gets it".  It was wonderful to see the love and connection between this mother and her middle school age daughter.  

We began our shoot with professional hair and makeup for all.

Toward the end of our session, Susan had some words I didn't expect to hear:

'We really needed this.  The time we spent together today was amazing.  Most weekends we are running from place to place, and today we just enjoyed each other.'

I had completely discounted the value of the experience of the mother-daughter session.  The excitement and relaxation of the hair and makeup, the laughter between shots, even the embraces and squeezes that were planned poses.

  Susan and her girls don't just have these portraits to hold close through the years.  They have wonderful memories of the fun had creating them.  My heart is just singing with joy.

I always feel an extreme sense of gratitude as my clients leave my little studio.  This mother-daughter session was no exception.  Thank you Susan for encouraging me, without even knowing it, to stop waiting for perfection I will never find in myself, to exist in photographs for my children now, just as I am.  Images from my own mother-daughter shoot coming very soon.  Until then, I leave you with a few more shots of this beautiful family.

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