There’s something special about a mother-daughter relationship. And there’s no time when that relationship becomes more intimate and more poignant than when you’re expecting a child of your own. Suddenly you begin to understand things about your mother that were hidden from you before – you begin to understand her worry, her affection, her self-sacrifice. You also begin to learn that she was just like you, wondering what lay ahead, inexperienced and nervous, but excited beyond belief.
And this is why a mother-daughter documentary maternity shoot could be absolutely perfect for you. Embrace this time in your life, as well as acknowledging the monumental and changing relationship with your own beautiful mother, by sharing an afternoon with your mum doing the things you love best.
Bunny chose to honour her beautiful mum in her unposed maternity portraits, in one of the most lovely pregnancy sessions I’ve ever done, by sharing something incredibly meaningful to them – a cup of tea. They lounged in bed together, patting the dogs, drinking tea, and discussing pregnancy, books, birth, Bunny’s childhood, and their favourite memories of earlier years. Bunny’s mum found a photograph of Bunny as a newborn, and together they flicked through photo albums of her childhood, laughing and reminiscing.
Long after her baby is born and grown, and long after her mother is old and grey, Bunny will have this moment recorded in their beautiful family history – their growing bond, their new understanding, their sharing of the sacred cup of tea, their laughter – and she will be able to show her son and say, “Look at the moment that your existence created. Look at how life was. Look at this precious moment in time.”
Maternity portraits can be unique to you, and tell the story of your life. Choose a photographer who can tell your story, just the way that you want it, and produce a true window in to this amazing moment in your life. They could capture something incredibly special, something that you won’t ever want to forget – a moment in time with your mum.
Think about something you’d like to remember about life with your mother… then go out and memorialise it. Contact me if I can help you.
We also spent 15 minutes taking a few more traditional maternity portraits. Both the documentary and the traditional have a place in our lives – and I absolutely love to take non-traditional, modern pregnancy portraits of a woman in her home. How completely stunning, soulful and lovely is this woman?