mama & babe | for the village magazine

When The Village asked me to shoot for a story in their third issue, I was beyond excited. Their quarterly publication is absolutely stunning- a beautifully printed book each time, filled with stunning images and eloquent words about motherhood. They are dedicated to fostering community among mothers—something I know to be so essential as a parent myself. It was truly an honor to shoot for them. 

Moms just being with their little ones is probably my very favorite thing to photograph. This time with Sondra and 7  month old Ansley was simply the sweetest!

my heart | week 2

So I've already missed weeks in this project I only just started, and two of these were taken with my iPhone, but I'm not letting that get me down. It's my project anyway, so don't I make the rules? 
We just returned from a week-long roadtrip adventure to the North Carolina mountains and back. Yes, six hours a day in the car with three kids. Yes, I'm still recovering. It was absolutely wonderful though.

my heart, week 2

Eaden. Every day you do something new. Yesterday it was chewing on your toes. It's amazingly cute- your little legs folding up to meet your torso, making you look round and even smaller than you already are. You have a heartwarming smile for pretty much anyone who looks at you. You are pure joy. 
I took this photo- a self portrait- for Wherever I Am With You, a monthly collective I'm part of. At first I hated the way my body looks in it, still so soft from carrying her within me just four months ago. But after a moment of reflection, I grew to love it for the very same reason. I carried her within me, just four months ago. Holy freaking miracle. I hope to become stronger and healthier in time, but my body will never be 100% the same and that is fine with me. I deeply hope that I will pass down an attitude of self-acceptance and self-care to my daughter.

Isaac. You have such a sense of humor. Undeveloped, yes, but ever-present. Currently poop and farts are some of your best material, but you also throw in some seriously funny faces, sound effects, and elaborate stories. You really enjoy making people laugh, and I just love that about you.

Seth. You have many interests and talents, my dear. You want to learn and try everything, just as I always did. Sometimes this can mean that we never spend enough time honing just one skill, because we're dividing our time between too many things. Watch for what really pulls at your heart. When you discover a real passion and set your mind to it, the sky's the limit. You can do anything my love.

my heart (1/52)

One of the driving forces behind my career choice is the universal truth that kids grow too fast. These chaotic days a family with young ones are fleeting, and I want to document the joy, truth and beauty of it for my precious clients to look back on. We as parents always wish we could just freeze time, and this is as close as I've gotten.

In an effort to freeze it for myself, too, I'm committing to at least one photograph of each of my three little ones each week this year. I'm a week late in starting, but it's never too late, right? Of course, I've always taken more than one shot a week of my kids, but in the past year or so, many have been with my iPhone. Now, they pack some sweet little cameras into phones these days, but it still simply doesn't match up to my "real" cameras and the way I can make them express my vision.

So that's the challenge I'm giving myself, and I've decided to share it here my blog as a bit of an accountability measure.

my heart | week 1 of 52

Seth. You've changed so much recently. You're almost 7 and making a transition to "big kid"—you're capable of so much and learning constantly. You have great ideas and you rarely stop talking. I love the way you look out for your siblings and love making little paper gifts for everyone in the family.

Isaac. You are energy, passion and movement personified. You're at 100% during every waking moment. There's no chance you'll let yourself be overlooked, my middle child. You challenge me daily but delight me and melt my heart with your sweetness just as often. Sometimes it might seem like you simply do everything your brother does, but I see your uniqueness, and it's more and more apparent as you grow.

Eaden. My precious girl with ocean eyes. Yesterday was your 4-month birthday. You seem to be in a hurry to grow—it's both exciting and heart wrenching to watch. How can you already be so different from the newborn I held just four months ago? You've been rolling over for almost a month now, and you end up on your tummy almost every time I put you down. I think you'd really like to start moving forward already. I love every moment with you my dear. Every day I'm in awe of you and the fact that you're my daughter, and I just feel so incredibly lucky. It gives me goosebumps just thinking of it.