I recently asked my mom to pull out all the photos of just her and I from when I was under the age of 2. She came back with 6 photographs and said “you know, I was the one generally taking the pictures.”
As mothers, we often don’t want to be in the picture (believe me! been there!). There are so few images of me and my children together that aren’t cell phone images. Partially because of self image issues, partially because as a photographer people want you to take the pictures! We get caught up in our daily to-do’s and things like taking a picture WITH our children just doesn’t seem to be a top priority in the day to day task.
Thinking of this from a child’s point of view, what if something happened to my mother? Photographs are all we would have to visually see that person who cared for us from our first breath of life. These images are so important, yet so often brushed off to the side as an afterthought.
Your kids don’t care if you’re too fat or too thin. No makeup or messed up hair. They see you as you every day of their life, and they still love you for it.
As women, we need to look past the surface and go deeper into the connection and bond we share with our kids. in the end, it is all they will remember.

in honor of mothers day, i am doing free (yes, you read that correctly!) very mini sessions. they will be held in loose park in kansas city missouri. i am asking people to come on a first come first serve basis between 6pm-8pm the evening of sunday may 13th. if there is great demand, i will set up time blocks for people to show up. please see this facebook event to “attend” and leave any thoughts you have on the messaging area.
you will receive two digital downloads of you and your children, or you and your mother for free.
all i ask is you consider bringing a monetary donation that will be given too the american widow project. this non-profit organization is for a “new generation of military widows” as 6500 service members have died since 2001, and over half of those members left behind a spouse. donations go to help fund their website, events, scholarships and grants, and education like DVD’s for military widows.
this is a truly amazing organization that is headed up by the very women them aim to help, widows of the recent wars. $1 or $10, anything helps.
100% of the donations will be given to AWP. more information on AWP will be at the mini sessions, should you choose to read more about this amazing group.

the american widow project

mini session rules
-session will take no longer than 10 minutes
-must be a mom with her children, or an adult child with your adult mother
-images will only be taken WITH the mothers in them. no kid only shoots.
-no dads. sorry guys! (there will be a similar fathers day session)
-two digital files will be given via download chosen by the photographer.
-have fun & print your image! it looks better on your mantle, not your computer screen.
-there is nothing to purchase or to be purchased. you will receive your digital downloads no later that 1 week after mothers day and that is it!
-again, this is the facebook event invite that you MUST click “attend” if you are going to show up.

to show you that i am taking my own advice, here are some photographs of me and my children, take on easter sunday. and yes, i am pregnant! holden henry will be here (god willing) august 1.

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Kellie - April 11, 2012 - 7:26 pm

What a great opportunity! I’d totally take you up on it if I was local, my poor kids are going to wonder if I was around at all when they were growing up since I’m in so few photos.

Nikki - April 11, 2012 - 8:49 pm

What a neat opportunity to honor mothers! I absolutely love these photos, too…

Amber - April 11, 2012 - 11:29 pm

What a great way to give back. Everything you wrote is so true!!

Kerri - April 12, 2012 - 12:30 am

What a wonderful idea, Rachael. I know all to well how difficult it is to get in front of the camera!

Robin - April 12, 2012 - 3:10 am

Great images to cherish forever! Also a good reminder to have more photos with your own children. You look beautiful!

Krista Lund - April 12, 2012 - 1:27 pm

love this post!
we are due around the same time. me EDD is 8/7. with a boy too!!

Melany - April 12, 2012 - 3:17 pm

I love this post <3 So sweet!

Jennifer - April 12, 2012 - 6:27 pm

First of all, you are beautiful and look stunning pregnant AND I love the name 🙂 Also, I love your idea. I need to be better about handing the camera over. I almost only have pics of me and my boys from our annual fall photos.

julia - April 12, 2012 - 7:24 pm

What a fantastic idea and offer! You are SO right- moms need to get in the “family” photos too! And you are making that possible! 🙂

Brit - April 12, 2012 - 10:51 pm

just absolutely wonderful!

amy - April 13, 2012 - 1:08 pm

oh what an incredible idea– i know i struggle with opportunities to take photos with my kids. invisible mommy-photogs no more! you are one gorgeous preggo lady, btw!

Jess Cadena - April 13, 2012 - 7:06 pm

You look so beautiful Rachael! Love your dress<3 I'm right there with you, us moms need to jump in as much as we can!

Megan - April 14, 2012 - 1:48 am

How sweet!! What a cool opportunity 🙂

Reena - April 14, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Your post really hit home with me; I am never in the photos with my children….I need to do this more often. Congrats on the new baby (when he gets here!) How exciting!

AshleyS - April 16, 2012 - 3:21 am

beautiful post–love the one of you and your kids. such a generous offer for the mini-sessions! I hope you get a great response!

Jessica Price - April 16, 2012 - 4:37 pm


Jessica - April 17, 2012 - 2:33 am

Love this… so great to see you in front of the camera too 🙂

Beira - April 19, 2012 - 8:00 pm

What an amazing project! This is so generous of you and yet, so important for the mothers. I hope you have a fabulous day! You look awesome

Jen Cooke - April 20, 2012 - 3:08 am

You look beautiful Rachael! You have inspired me to get in front of the camera more 🙂

Ilona - April 27, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Great idea! Great photos!

kelly garvey - April 29, 2012 - 2:17 am

aww this is so neat

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