Being that Mother's Day is in May, Here at Millie Dee Photography, we're just going to call it Mother's Month. Moms, in many cases, are the center of the universe for their family and certainly deserve to be celebrated EVERY DAY. I know, it's not really feasible, but at least all this month, I can celebrate the moms. I feel like so much of what I do is centered around women; from maternity photos, to newborn photos, headshots and boudoir; the majority of my clients are women and a large percentage of those women are Moms and moms-to-be.
I met this mom when her oldest and youngest were in Kindergarten. That year, we were 2 of the 3 class moms and we became friendly and then I started hosting some Moms night outs and we always have a blast; whether it was a bowling night, a day on the lake or a Friday night pizza party with the kids, we are always having fun.
She mentioned that she wanted some formal family photos of her and the kids and that they hadn't had a great picture since the kids were very little; their pictures are so cute; the girls were wearing ruffle socks and mary jane shoes; so yes, they're at a different point in their lives; they're way passed the mary jane shoes now, it was definitely time for some updated portraits.
My favorite of them is one of the 'bts' or behind the scenes with their facial expressions; it just shows all of their personalities; it's perfect. I'll post it below.
As a Mom, I'm always fascinated with the kids and their different personalities and I love that I get to freeze little moments in time; you know how kids are some days they're all getting along and being goofy and the next day, they don't want to hear anyone breathe. As a mom, life is always moving, there's never a dull moment and there's always a long list of stuff that needs to get done. So, to take a family out of their normal every day dynamic for a little while, get them to let their guard down a bit, and capture these moments that you don't see everyday is so satisfying. It's not every day you'll get them to hug and smile, and fall all over each other and NOT be like, 'stop touching me!'. I think it's easier for me to do this also because I'm NOT their mom, so sometimes they tend to listen to me for a few more minutes than they would their own mom. (moms...am I right??)...
I just love that I captured these two young ladies as their heading from their tweens into their teen years soon; (I don't want to think about that!) they're on the verge of growing into their own self; on the verge of exiting what I call the "worship stage" where their Mom is everything in life and they're onto the next phase when peers take over their world...They will not ever get these moments back; a year from now, they'll be so different as these years are full of growth, not just physically, but mentally, their character, their sense of self and sense of the world around them mature.
This was the perfect age to catch them. I'm so glad Mom decided on a photosession.
Here's little behind the scenes of the antics...
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Where did the name Millie Dee come from? It's my 2 nicknames, my maiden name is Miller, so some friends call me Millie and some call me Dee instead of Denise, so I jammed them together and made Millie Dee...