I recently re-connected with Aria's mom after not having seen her since our high school graduation--over a decade ago. When Caroline asked me to come out for a session with Aria & her own mom, I was just as excited to do the shooting as I was to have the chance to catch up with her. Nearly two hours flew right by, as I chased Aria--no really, I chased her, because this gorgeous girl moves incredibly fast--and talked Caroline's ear off about work-life balance, the endless search for gender-neutral toys, husbands, and who we'd kept in touch with or heard from recently. It's always so lovely to just pick up where you left off with someone after not having seen them for ages. Equally lovely was having the chance to just watch Aria do her thing; she's beautiful, yes, but also spirited & independent in the most charming of ways. Just ask that sweet pup, he'll tell you the same.
Looking back on these images today, I realize how timely they are, with Mother's Day being around the corner. As important as I believe it is for moms to get in front of the camera with their kids more often, I think it's equally important to capture the connections between our children and our parents. It's kind of like seeing your life come full circle, watching the one who first taught you what motherhood is holding the one who actually made you a mom. The one who loved you first, with the one whom you loved first. Makes your heart full to bursting, doesn't it?