This was the second year in a row having family photos taken for holiday cards as a single mother.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve always been “that mom” who wants beautiful family portraits of…love and laughter, with perfectly paired outfits and everyone’s hair just right. “That mom” who wants the photographer to capture exactly how I picture our family to be. “That mom” who even wants the card recipients to envy me and my sweet family. (But only a little bit.) The thing is, taking those family pictures… >> Read More
Families come in all shapes and sizes, beyond the "Leave it to Beaver" variety, in which mom is married to dad — and the nuclear family lives under one roof. So it's no wonder that Joe Hawkey's…vacation photos Disney World are going viral. The photographer and father of 7-year-old Maddie captured a beautiful family moment, but one that is still underrepresented in the media: because it includes both of Maddie's stepparents. (Joe is married to Brianna, and Maddie's mom, Tiffany, is married to Luke.) What makes this particularly special is the fact that everyone… >> Read More
My final hike with Talia was an act of defiance and love. This past July, I held her, my 23-month-old daughter, in a front carrier with extra support to prevent her head from lolling side to side.…I pressed her tiny body firmly against mine in the hope that my body heat would comfort and warm her increasingly cold body. She was as weak as I had ever seen her, her body limp—a result of her brain’s inability to function. She was 10 days away from death, and yet she there we… >> Read More
When it comes to giving birth, most media outlets tend to gloss over the reality.
Whether it's a movie, TV show, or photograph, a lot of times, the new mom is picture-perfect and smiling, holding…a super clean and happy baby. This is why one picture a mom and photographer took has gone viral--because it's real. The picture also highlights a vital relationship that is often underplayed--one between a nurse and her patient. On September 2, Katie Lacer of MommaKT Shoots Photography took a photo of a mom who had just given… >> Read More
I lost it with my kid yesterday. My mom-meltdown happened just minutes before I herded both of the girls outside for our annual first-day-of-school ritual. It went a little something like…this: “Ok, you stand here, no, not there, over there, OK, good, now you get next to your sister. Closer… closer. Wait. Stop. Not that close. Get your hands off her! You, calm down. She only poked you once and it wasn’t that hard. OK, now you hold this sign, and you hold this one.… >> Read More