Only the swing shot was taken at Jack Russell Park. The vast majority of the photographs were taken at Howell Park. The goal was to photograph the mother and daughter’s relationship. How I love to photograph relationships! I love photographing them through a mix of portraits, lifestyle and details. This little girl is a miracle baby and oh so precious. I’ve learned so many things this mother has done for her daughter. The extra miles she goes and the way she cherishes her. She’s the type of mom I meet that makes me want to be a better mom.
I told her ahead of time I was going to ask her (in front of her daughter) what she loved about her daughter. When I asked the questions she looked at her daughter and said, “I love how compassionate you are, I love how you love animals……” Then the sweet little brunette looked up at her mama and said, “what about the way that I love you?” She of course replied in the affirmative.
Somehow one of our email conversations lead to me learning their bedtime routine. We decided we would mimic a piece of this routine. These images will help her always remember what it feels like to hold her baby. Down the road when this little girl is all grown up, she will know her mom held her so close to her heart.
She said she still rocks her daughter to sleep every night. She said they sing Jesus Loves Me, You are My Sunshine, I Love You, and Amazing Grace every night before bed. In the park they sang Jesus Loves Me. It was beautiful to hear their sweet voices. They were lost in the moment while I photographed them. I love learning these personal details of people’s lives because it helps me bring them to life so these photos are treasured.