This is what I was meant to do! Join me on a journey of a mother’s day of all Mother’s Days. It’s an average day filled with events that are nothing to write home about. You know the days….wake up, change diapers, dress the kids, feed, change again, dress again, put them down for a nap while you clean…then start all over. But what if these were the most exciting days filled with the most amazing moments that you will treasure forever? This was a day that was nothing short of amazing. This is the day in the life of a beautiful mom of 3 under 3 and there is so much to write home about;) These are the everyday moments that I want to capture for families, couples, single people, pets, whatever. There are so many moments in a single day that we take for granted and how can we predict what or what may not be a memory for someone else.
When I showed up at my friend Deidra’s house, I didn’t tell her I was bringing my camera and that I wanted to spend the day capturing her everyday life as she is (right after birth and all). I can’t even begin to tell just how amazing the day played out and the beautiful story that I was able to tell. Her sweet hubby was going to be working late that night. The newborn was upset the whole time I was there for the first time ever (stomach problems from the night before). I am pretty sure that Deidra didn’t get a shower that day and she ended up having to put ice cream into her coffee because she hadn’t been to the grocery store so there was no milk. The afternoon started with this simple moment of waking the baby up…then all chaotic, beauty broke out from there.
Then it was “not so quiet time” with the baby before the other two woke from their nap.
Mind you….I don’t think Deidra ever asked me up to this point (or any point in the day) why the heck I was taking pictures;) I couldn’t have asked for a better subject! She is absolutely in love with being a mother and it shows every second of the day.
Then it was onto the next little buggy that woke up ready to tackle the world! I am in love with this image because it reminds me a little of all the old photos that I look back on and have fond memories of me and my mom in the kitchen.
As he was showing off with what appears to be his calling in life…it wasn’t long before the whole house was awake.
Number 3 awake! I know she will look back on this picture and have the fondest memory of her first big girl room. The littlest items in this room might strike a waterfall of memories in her bank down the road of life.
She took a while to examine what the heck I was doing with a big ol’ black machine in front of my face. I got the best shots of her curious eyes looking into the lens:)
Probably my favorite part of the day…meal time. Every mom can relate to days when you have, what feels like, no food in the house. The kids need to eat RIGHT now….and by the way…Mom hasn’t eaten yet! This is when the whirlwind began. I just remember Deidra taking one bite of her salad and she didn’t get a second one for about an hour after that first. I am pretty sure that it is an unwritten law that the baby will wake up at just the moment you are just about to inhale your first bite.
There were negotiations made. The were fits to be had. Messes to clean. And lots of precious moments to capture!
Right from eating Deidra set them up creative time with markers and wouldn’t you know (just like all my other great shoots of love) a heart appeared:) Can you even stand the proud face little man is wearing?
She had her own ideas of what she wanted to do with her creativity! lol It was so cute and Deidra and I laughed so hard:)
I caught this quick snuggle in their busy day when they just couldn’t hold back the love.
And this is when the love couldn’t be contained either and there was a tug-a-war, tattling, and tears that ended in the cutest timeout ever!
Then they winded down with story time and more snuggling in the most magical room in the house.
And waited for Daddy to come home so they could tell him about the adventures of the the ’simple’ day.
So about 200 pictures later…my thirst for real life was quenched. And I believe that I captured images that will be cherished for generations to come. This is the beginning of a journey for me that could not have felt more right and I am left dreaming about my next adventure. Thank you Deidra for being so open, vulnerable, loving and inspiring. I miss these days that I would have with my own 3 and I wish I could have had someone following me around on my busiest, ’simple’ days. I remember feeling so proud of these kinds of days (and exhausted…oh, and hungry:) You are an incredible mom that deserves to be bragged about. I think I will give you a 100% raise and the biggest promotion I can think of;) The passion that you put into your work is inspiring and your life makes me smile. Thank you for sharing that joy with me and those 3 beautiful little spirits that filled my soul!
To me, Deidra is living beyond today. She didn’t sneak off into the bathroom and put on a mask of makeup. She didn’t worry about posing and making the children look perfect. This is beyond the ‘perfect’ portrait and this is beyond my wildest dreams to be a part of someone’s life like this…I’m hooked:)