I'm an empty nester! My baby, the last of four, graduated last year and headed south to college. Looking back, there are photos that I don't have that I wish I did. Like most mom's, I was never in front of the camera with my children. I have photos of them, but I'm missing in every single one. That realization hit me this past year. I can't go back and recapture those moments for myself. Yes, I can start jumping in front of the camera with my now grown children, but the growing up years are gone. This got me to thinking about all my seniors that I am photographing. Whether my Moms are sending off their first born, their only child or their baby, they are sending off their child to start this new stage of grown up life. Understanding the gravity of this task, I decided that I wanted to capture a mother / child photo of all my seniors.
While this photo is purely optional, most of my seniors and moms this past year have taken advantage of the opportunity. I remind my moms ahead of time so that they come prepared. This is typically the first photo that I take during the seniors studio session. I capture a few quick photos and then focus the rest of the session entirely on my senior!
The mother / child photo always ends up being one of my favorites from the session. While most of my seniors don't realize at the time the importance of having this photo, I know that down the road, this one photo will become a treasured possession.
Several of my moms, realizing the importance of capturing this moment in time, turned around after the senior session and booked a portrait session for the whole family!