I'm always interested in hearing how other photographers conduct their sessions. I loved hearing what Taylor Jones had to say about this beautiful "Mommy and Me" session!
To celebrate her daughter's first birthday and to commemorate one year of being a Mama, Amanda and I planned a girly spring Motherhood session around the bloom of the cherry blossom trees.
Although her daughter was the star of the show, I also wanted to highlight the relationship the they shared and focus on the emotion behind Amanda's role as a Mother. Throughout the session I prompted her to remember or act out things that may be memorable to her. Those prompts that evoked authentic emotion gave this session such a magically joyful feeling, almost even awe-inspiring! After all, what is more awe-inspiring than a love so great that you would easily give your whole self over to that person? That is what Motherhood is; an all encompassing love that gives and takes well beyond the extent of a lifetime.
I asked Amanda as she was holding her daughter to remember the moment that they first met. I immediately saw such joy in her expression and she began to cling to her little one even tighter. She held in her arms her innocent child that she has hopes and dreams for, and plans for happy memories for years to come. Her daughter doesn't realize it yet, but she will carry her Mother's love with her throughout every challenge and every triumph she encounters. Mother will be the one she runs to for comfort when she scrapes her knee, who she'll trust for advice about challenging decisions as she grows older, and who she will call a thousand times a day when she anxiously brings her own child home from the hospital.
Generations through generations remember and pass on the words full of love that their Mothers taught them. I hope that Amanda never doubts the impact her role has on her child's future...it can extend further than we might even imagine.