dear mama, you are worth the memories

Dear Mama,

You are the heart of your family. You are your little ones’ first love, their biggest fan, and more often than not, you are the family historian.

I’ve seen you post pictures and video of baby’s first steps, dance recitals, t-ball practice, and vacations- and do you know what I notice the most? None of these posts include imagery of YOU.

I get it- these memories are too priceless to let slip away. It seems like only yesterday that your little ones were born, and oh, what a life-changing day that was! You’re afraid if you blink, they’ll be off to kindergarten, and then middle school, and then starting a life of their own. And while right now the days may sometimes feel long, we all know too well that the years go by so quickly.

Your littles will be so thankful that you captured so many memories for them, but as they get older, they will start to wish there were more pictures of you and them together.

So let’s get you IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA where you absolutely belong!

I have specialized in maternity, birth & newborn portraits for going on 4 years now. As a mother, I know that we are most often dubbed “the family picture takers”, knowing full well that that means we will rarely be in any of the images ourselves. Because of this, I have made it my mission to document my mommy clients as they enter into and continue through the world of Motherhood.

I will always be in awe of a pregnant mama. The things our bodies go through to grow these tiny humans is absolutely amazing. A woman’s growing body is a beautiful thing and should 100% always be celebrated! Pregnancy was one of my favorite parts of becoming a mama. The tiny flutters turned powerful kicks. Getting to eat basically whatever I wanted without qualms. Even now, almost 5 years later, I miss it. And while I am most definitely done having babies of my own, I dream of possibly being a surrogate some day. <3

See that birth right there^^ THAT is the birth that kick-started my love of ALL things birth! That was the very first birth story I ever photographed, and I will forever be thankful to that mama for allowing me to be a part of her amazing story!

Birth is and always will be my absolute favorite of all time. Ever. Period. I’ve had two of my own, so obviously I know what birth is like. But there is something so raw and special about watching it from an outsider’s perspective. Seeing how strong and powerful women are gets me every time! I will never get bored of documenting these amazing stories, which how could you anyway when no two stories are ever the same?!

The one things I regret the most about my birth images is that I only have them for one of my children and not both. I would give anything to be able to go back in time and get my first son’s birth professionally captured as well.

You may not believe it now, but I promise at some point you will miss being pregnant too. That feeling of you and baby being one is life changing and something not everyone gets to experience. That growing belly of yours is definitely worth documenting! Its worth it for not only you, but also for that growing baby inside! Being able to show my kids my maternity images is so fun! The way my little guys eyes light up when he points to the picture and says with pride “That’s ME in your belly!” is something I will never get tired of hearing.

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While I do love focusing on mom for the sessions I offer, my heart will forever melt at the sight of a brand new squish! Nothing beats that brand new baby smell. And who can resist all of the adorable little noises they make, especially when they are sleeping?! While we don’t ever feel like the goddesses we are right after having a baby, I always encourage moms to be a part of their newborn’s session. Love on this tiny new baby you just worked so hard to bring into this world! Breathe them in. And just enjoy this tiny new being.

This is why I always try to go above and beyond for my clients. I know being a mom is hard. I know its not always the most glamorous thing in the world. But YOU, mama, are worth the memories. And this journey you are on is worth savoring.

Never have I known anyone to say they regret getting these pictures taken, more like they regret not getting them taken. Because when the kids are grown an gone, it won’t be the sleepless nights and dirty diapers you remember the most. It will be the snuggles, the kisses, the laughter and above all the love.

I promise your children will look for the photos of you later in their life- be sure there's something for them to find!

JOURNEY THROUGH MOTHERHOOD WITH JUNEBUG PHOTOGRAPHY
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