mommy and me session

Three Generations - Waynesville, MO

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This mommy and me session was a little bit different then some of my other ones, as we added grandma in to these! Brittany and her family are pretty special to me, as she has become a really good friend to me over the last year and a half. I have loved watching their family grow and be able to take photos for them over the last year here.

Watching her kids around her mom just made me smile because it reminds me of my kids around their grandma. It also reminds me of how much we can miss out on with being a military family. A lot a families are able to have their kids grow up around their grandparents. They can walk down the street or drive over a couple of towns to visit, hang out for the day, eat dinner together, so on. In a military family we are often not anywhere close to family and do a lot of phone calls and FaceTime for the kids to be able to talk to and see their grandparents instead. I don't know about your military kids, but man ours don't miss a beat when they finally do get to see their grandparents again! Any time we go home to my mom and step-dads house the kids are talking about it the entire way there! They jump straight into my moms arms yelling "GRANDMA!" and give her the biggest hug. As soon as they see my step-dad they're yelling "PaPa let's go play ball!!" and it's like they weren't ever apart from them. We might not get to have weekly dinners, but the few dinners we get to have all together, while visiting, are long and time is spent around the table with stories and laughs, well after everyones plates have been cleared and the kids know that before bed, PaPa will ALWAYS makes popcorn for everyone to enjoy together. It's the little things that make time home for the kids the best.

So anyways, maybe military kiddos don't get to see their grandparents often but I know that special grandparent/grandkid bond is still there and they jump right back into the swing of things like they see each other every week!

Check out some of the photos from this session below and leave a comment to let me know what your kids and parents do together that make time with them so special!

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Samantha and the kiddos - Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

"What does motherhood mean to me? Motherhood means always having to share the TV and my food. It means hardly getting a moment to myself. It means never ending laundry and constant cleaning up. But above all the "bad" stuff, motherhood means unconditional love. I love them for exactly who they are, and they love me for exactly who I am, and at the end of the day, all we ever need is LOVE." -Samantha Rodriguez

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I met Sam a little over a year ago now and she has become one of my good friends here at Fort Leonard Wood. Her kiddos, Ainsley and Max, have also turned into really good friends of our kids and I have loved watching the two of them grow up over the last year. They are both just the sweetest little things and love their mama so much. Being able to do this mommy and me session for Sam, to capture their love between her and her babies, made my heart so happy. Take a look below to see some photos from this session.

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A day of mommy and me minis.

Mommy and me sessions are some of my favorites. I love being able to capture moms with their sweet babes. Usually us moms are the ones behind the camera right? So it's nice to be able to get moms out in front and interacting with their kiddos. I love watching them all laugh and giggle together, show me their secret hand shakes, tell each other secrets and jokes or just sit down on the ground and snuggle up together.

This beautiful field of purple flowers was the perfect setting for mommy and me minis! Enjoy some photos from these sessions.

 

Brittany and Landon. I just love these two. Landon is such a funny little guy and loves his mama so much. He's super excited for his baby sister that is due in just a few weeks now too! I can't wait to come back and take photos of mama and both her babes.

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Shelby and Kylee. I can't even tell you how fun these two are. Two peas in a pod for sure! Adrianna had me laughing the entire time with her goofiness. The bond this mama and daughter share is so strong and you can just tell that they are the best of friends.

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Tiffany and Gabi. I loved these two! Gabi is turning 3 in just a few days so her mommy and me session was a little birthday session as well! The two beautiful dresses she is wearing were made by here mama! Isn't that awesome? They were so pretty! Happy birthday Gabi!

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