motherhood documented

Milk Bath Motherhood Session | Eagle River, Alaska In Home Newborn Photographer

Motherhood.

Without a doubt the sweet, chaotic, exhausting, and beautiful moments between a mother and her baby are the least documented of them all. Moms are constantly behind the camera, documenting everything that they see with their own eyes, usually forgetting how important their moments between themselves and their little(s) really are. This is why I mainly focus on documenting mothers + their babies, because one day that baby is going to be an adult rummaging through old pictures in a box somewhere (hint hint, print!) and wondering why there aren't any with their mother?

You're important. 

Your bond with your child is important.

Document it. 

Document it in anyway you're comfortable. The way you look at your baby, how soft their perfect skin is, how you softly stroke their hair, all of that needs to be remembered. <3 

5 Tips to Dress + Prepare for your Outdoor Session || Lifestyle Photographer Wasilla, Alaska || Moss and Myrrh Photography

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I'd say 99.9% of my blog posts are about how much I loooooooove my job. Right? You know, you read these things (hopefully) every week. I assume you've already figured out that I LOVE my work and I LOVE my clients. Ha! So, this week I decided to switch things up and do a little chatting about what to wear for your session. It just so happens that Kaile is THE best example of what to wear (figures, she's a photographer), so this is the perfect session to use as an example! 

Hands down, what you wear to your session is probably one of THE most important parts of preparing.. What you wear can completely change what you get back in your gallery once it's all said and done. So, I'm throwing together 5 little tips to get you started. Enjoy!

1.) Do NOT wear fluorescents. 

Obviously, this really depends on the photographer and the style they go for, but we're talking about my work here sooo, please don't wear fluorescents. Haha! I'm talking ANYTHING bright. If you like color, that's perfectly fine, but stick with the more muted/darker tones in that color. For example, yellow. I do not like yellow but I LOVE mustard. Love. Another example, red, brick red would be perfectly fine. Save the fluorescents for your 80's halloween party. ;) 

2.) Start with one outfit you LOVE.

Choosing clothes for the entire family can be really overwhelming. I suggest you start with one outfit you really love. Go to your closet (or store) and choose one outfit you, your spouse, your kids, whomever, feels really good in + fits the tones needed. Now, play off that one outfit. 

3.) You don't all need to match!

Remember the days when we'd all throw on our jeans + white t shirts for our Sears pictures? Yeah, those days are GONE. Ha! You're allowed to each show your personalities. You don't HAVE to match..in fact, I discourage it. You know that one outfit I said to start with? The tones in that outfit are what you're going to be playing off of. Look at Kaile's session below, there's some deep/navy blue going on in her outfit, so she added in the dark blue wrap for Beau. All you need are tiny pieces of color to pull you all together. This can also work with earrings, necklaces, rings, blankets, etc.

4.) Muted Earthy tones, please.

I'm sure you've seen in all my work..I love to edit dark and I love to use earthy tones. I often get asked what earthy tones are, just look outside! Those colors you see naturally are the colors I love to work with. Green, blue, yellow, brown, gray, white, cream, etc, etc. As you'll see in Kaile's session, she's rocking all the earthy tones and it ties in perfectly with the landscape around her.

5.) Shoes matter!

Plan your outfit out, all the way down to your shoes. Sneakers/Tennis Shoes are a big no go. Sandles, boots, or barefoot is what it's all about. If I come to a session and someone's shoes aren't working, I almost always ask them to take them off and go barefoot..which I love FYI. So, if you aren't interested in being barefoot, make sure to show up in the right shoes! Oh, one last thing..nails. Cut them, paint them, do whatever to make them look good. They WILL be noticeable in a session, at least to you. ;) 

I feel like I barely touched the surface here and could probably go on for days, but I think this is a good base to start with. I have a very detailed What to Wear Guide I send to all of my clients once they've booked, so don't worry! Also, styling + planning for your session is one of my favorite parts, I encourage all of my clients to send me texts with pictures/questions. It's what I'm here for, so don't feel bad bugging me during your meltdown of "WHAT THE HECK ARE WE GOING TO WEAR?!". <3 

Interested in your own session? Let's chat!

 

Alaskan Motherhood Session in the Forest || Wasilla Lifestyle Photographer || Moss and Myrrh Photography

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Alaskan Motherhood

 

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Ah, a few of my favorite things: motherhood, chunky babies, and the forest. I've documented these two since the day this sweet one was born and oh, I love them. There's something amazing about getting to watch a little grow and change, but it's also pretty amazing to get to watch the mother grow and change. We are constantly evolving as people but aren't consciously aware of it because we're so wrapped up in life. I get to see it from the outside though and I love seeing how Motherhood changes each woman. Chelsea is such a good a mama and Wyatt, ahhh she's growing so fast! Thank you, Chelsea, for letting me document this season of Motherhood for you. Wyatt is going to cherish these so much! 

P.S- These sessions are now discounted when booked with your birth and/or newborn session! Motherhood Sessions are booked anytime between 3 and 12 months after baby's arrival and they're all about you + your little and the bond you've created. <3

 

Intimate Motherhood • Wasilla, Alaska Lifestyle Photographer • Moss and Myrrh Photography

Intimate Motherhood • Wasilla, Alaska Lifestyle Photographer

Ah, another beautiful Intimate Motherhood session up on the blog! My favorite part of this job is having the opportunity to document these littles as they grow. I met this sweet girl when she was only 12 hours old and now here we are a couple of months later. It's crazy how fast time goes, guys. Take the time to have your bond with your little documented. I promise it's worth every penny. <3 

Intimate Motherhood • Tandem Nursing • Wasilla Motherhood Photographer

Every mother + child bond is different and so is every sibling + sibling bond. It's pretty awesome watching the dynamic unfold with every session. This one particularly stood out to me because, you know, tandem feeding. Not only did I get to watch the mother + child bond, but also got to see how these two siblings work together (or against) when nursing. There's frustration, tenderness, and absolute adoration for one another.

This is Intimate Motherhood.

Thank you, Morgan, for letting me tell your story. <3