a million tiny ways to be a good mama

i’ve heard it said, there’s no way to be a perfect mother but rather a million tiny ways to be a good mama.

i continue to be captivated by the love i witness between mother & child during my sessions. i wanted to share a few captures…many of these are not necessarily portrait quality but were caught literally in the moment. often times after thinking “the shot” was done i’ll find my subjects catching a quick kiss or exchange a giggle…these moments frozen in time are priceless to me as i hope they are to the families i’m honored to photograph.

i had hoped to post this yesterday but was pretty unplugged spending time with my own family. i hope you enjoy a few captures from the last few months in honor of mothers! ( the final images are of me & my mom, dan & his mom, me & my three oldest daughters when i married dan)

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& to savannah, madison, emily & caroline~

i first saw this verse on a sugaboo frame and think this is so simple & yet so poignant as well~

“You are the poem I dreamed of writing.

The masterpiece I longed to paint.

You are the shining star I reached for in my ever hopeful quest for life fulfilled.

You are my child. Now with all thing I am blessed.”



May 12, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Mary - This is such a beautiful post! Love this!

May 12, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Sophie - These are all amazing, you are so very talented!

May 12, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Linsey @ Bravehearted Beauty - Aww! These are the sweetest! Of course, you know my favorite! Fun to see one of our farm photos on your blog. And with my baby girl who wasn’t feeling well enough to do much that day. Thankful for that sweet moment you captured. xo

May 13, 2014 - 6:04 am

Lisa - Oh Paige! What a beautiful tribute to moms all over who have had the privilege of being touched by your presence! Our time with you was such an amazing experience. Love your precious family!

May 13, 2014 - 9:15 am

giosmama2626 - So much love in each picture. Mamas ARE THE ULTIMATE BEST! No greater LOVE ever. I’m a mama and even still, I believe that my moms love is the greatest thing ever. I’ll never be her. Our moms just take the cake. I’m sure my son would say I’m the greatest mom EVER. I say my mom is the greatest ever. HA. It’s kind of funny when you think about it.
You are a ROCKSTAR mama and I hope you never forget that about yourself.

May 13, 2014 - 10:47 am

Jill - Thank you for the gifts you’ve given me and Adam with your photos and your friendship over the years! They are priceless!

May 13, 2014 - 11:55 am

Susan - Love, love, love these beautiful images!! And the poem…in tears! Thank you sweet friend for always sharing your heart in the words of your blog. XOXO

May 13, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Susan W - Wonderful–beautiful–precious!

May 13, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Heather - What a gift it is you share your talent and eye for seeing people, with your clients and with your blog friends!
The poem is perfect!

May 13, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Natalie - Beautiful! Such beautiful memories captured but a beautiful heart you have to see them in the first place! Thank you for sharing! And your baby picture and your sweet hubby’s… adorable! 🙂

May 13, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Ella - I love this post.
So many beautiful photos of such loving families.
Love the poem as well.

May 13, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Alecia - What a lovely post…I love the pics of you & your family…sooo sweet.

May 13, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Kat Dennis - Sweet Paige! What a beautiful tribute to mothers. You are such an amazing mom so I guess you know them when you see them. Love to you!

May 14, 2014 - 8:43 am

Barbara - beautiful!

May 15, 2014 - 12:08 am

wynne - love it! my fave pics are ALWAYS the “in between” shots moments.

May 15, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Jennifer - shut the front door. i just saw this post. girl…i’ve always said you CAPTURE the true essence of motherhood. i can only speak for myself…but you totally get it and i know everyone else does say the same thing. a true gift. love ya bunches…can’t wait to squeeze you in august!

May 16, 2014 - 9:03 am

michelle - Misty eyes. Beautiful!