I have been wanting to do some nursing sessions for a while… By baby # 3 now, I know that this moment in time is gone far too quick, and as Mom it’s one of the most sacred, beautiful and bonding things we will ever do in our lifetime.
My experience with nursing has not always gone beautifully like it has this time around, ( I am still nursing Harlan at 18 months. ) In fact, it has been the opposite. I have previously felt insecure that I wasn’t ” that Mom” that could nurse my baby. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I simply, could not.
One day I will share my story, but I’m just not there, yet.
So parts of me felt apprehensive to have ” nursing sessions ” because I didn’t want anyone to feel ” left out ” - I’ve been there, and it sucks. I truly believe that as long as you are doing the best you can, may it be pumping, nursing, bottle etc .. That is all that matters.
Going into the nursing mini sessions, I really didn’t know how they were gonna go, or what to expect.
Let’s just say I had moments behind my camera with every single Mama where I teared up.
The quiet and reflective moments between Mom and her baby were nothing short of beautiful.
I feel honoured to have been able to document this moment in time for them all…
My friend came with her little one, River (- you may remember I was there when she was born .)
And I’m just so happy with how her photos turned out!
She is such a beautiful, whimsy Mama and the camera just LOVES her !
My third to last session of the night touched my heart, and I went home reeling over our conversation, and the love that I witnessed.
This Mama immediately opened up and shared her heart with me.
She told me she had been following my work for a long time, but could never afford it.
She told me how she was a single Mom, who had overcome many challenges and curves in the road of life.
I felt for her.
As the session began, I couldn’t help ( yet again ) but tear up.
Genuine, real, unscripted, unposed, mother- daughter love is what I got to photograph.
Her little gift from God.
Sweet girl, you are loved beyond measure <3