happy friday | 10.5.12

happy friday!!
enjoy these from a recent session in sunny portland! 
(didn't expect that adjective, did you?)
 these two make me melt!

 i really think i'd give this one anything he asked for.
(he may be on to me.)

 and what mama wouldn't love this one?
to have her face framed by her daughters embrace!
it reminds me so much of this article called 'the mom stays in the picture' by allison tate:
(thank you daisy for sending it my way!)

the friend above is a photographer herself 
and like many of us, stays behind the camera most of the time.

but read this below from the article:
Too much of a mama's life goes undocumented and unseen. People, including my children, don't see the way I make sure my kids' favorite stuffed animals are on their beds at night. They don't know how I walk the grocery store aisles looking for treats that will thrill them for a special day. They don't know that I saved their side-snap, paper-thin baby shirts from the hospital where they were born or their little hospital bracelets in keepsake boxes high on the top shelves of their closets. They don't see me tossing and turning in bed wondering if I am doing an okay job as a mother, if they are okay in their schools, where we should take them for a vacation, what we should do for their birthdays. I'm up long past the news on Christmas Eve wrapping presents and eating cookies and milk, and I spend hours hunting the Internet and the local Targets for specially-requested Halloween costumes and birthday presents. They don't see any of that.
it's true. so much of what makes us GREAT as parents often remains unseen.
even to our children.
so why not be in photos with them?
or book that shoot you've been dreaming of having?
i know it takes bravery to put yourself out there and get in the photos, 
but just in case you need a little more motivation, read below:

I'm everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won't be here -- and I don't know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now -- but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.

when i began this journey as a family photographer, 
i had no idea how many women would feel so uncomfortable being in photos.
it's honestly been heartbreaking to watch women beat themselves up.

i think that's why i love what allison has to say.
taking photos with your kids is one more way
 to leave a lasting impression of love on them.

you are, after all, perfectly their mother. ;) (or father.)
have a happy friday all!!