First Mother’s Day Photo Shoot!

This year Emily and Madeline are celebrating their first Mother’s Day! Unfortunately, Mike is at bootcamp for the Army National Guard and won’t be there to celebrate.  Since he is away, Emily wanted to do something fun and special to celebrate with Madeline and came across a local photographer (Kimberley Alexis Photography) doing “Mommy and Me Mini Sessions” on Facebook.  Sherrie had done the same thing for Logan and Matt’s first Father’s Day last year! Here’s why she loved it and would highly recommend it:

I wanted a keepsake to celebrate our first Mother’s Day.  I knew that I wanted something that I could share with Mike even though he wouldn’t be with us on the actual day.  I looked high and low (ok, mostly on Pinterest) for ideas on what I could do and was stumped.  Then I stumbled upon a local photographer doing Mommy and Me Mini Sessions! What a perfect solution.

I think it’s really important, and I know Sherrie agrees with me, to take professional photos multiple times in the first few years of your child’s life.  Yes, I snap an exorbitant amount of photos with my iPhone everyday, but they’re not the best they could be, and I’m not in as many as I probably should be (though that can change, thanks to my selfie stick!). So I knew that by capturing how much she’s grown at just shy of three months, we’d be able to cherish these forever and give Mike a glimpse into what life is like at home.  With the changes Madeline was making, and hopefully the changes I was making, it seemed perfect!  I am so beyond thrilled with the images, they are more than I could have ever imagined! These two are tied for my favorite:

What I am truly amazed by is that even at three months, the camera was able to capture so many of the expressions that Madeline makes.  Her personality really shines through in these images.  It’s really nice to have some photos of just us together.  Yes, there will be more family photos, and I’m sure Daddy and his princess will have a shoot together, but for right now, this is a wonderful summation of all of the time that I am so blessed to have been able to spend with her.  It also comes right before she starts daycare and I head back to the office for work, so it’s bittersweet.

These photos are great, they mean so much more to mean than something material that I could have gotten for Mother’s Day (though in this case, I would have had to pick it out myself and that’s not fun). I love that we will have them to look back on forever.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, and to anyone in the same situation as me, Happy First Mother’s day! Welcome to the wonderful world that is motherhood! 🙂

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