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Ah, Mother’s Day.

I will admit, Mother’s Day (once I became a mother) was a very problematic day for me for many years.  It seemed like Mother’s Day brought more messes, more fighting, more tantrums about not wanting to go sing to the mothers with the other kids at church, and then even more tantrums after the singing was missed and the child couldn’t understand why we couldn’t do it all over again now that she’s changed her mind about wanting to sing.

Sigh.

Then I realized that although Mother’s Day is meant to be a day to honor our mothers, as a mother of small children it is really a day to honor your child’s attempts at honoring you.  It means possibly eating a breakfast you would never normally eat in a place you would never normally eat it.  It means discovering, via a laminated place mat with finger-painted handprints, that you are, in actuality, 74 years old, only look pretty on Thursdays, love shopping at Walmart, are always saying “go to bed!” and that your favorite food is hot dogs.  It may mean making meals, doing dishes, and picking up toys while being told nonstop by bright and shiny little faces about how lucky you are that you don’t have to do any work all day.

Once I let go of the idea that my children would all of a sudden, on the second Sunday in May, like everything about each other all of the time, discover a love for putting shoes in the closet and scrubbing dishes, and generally mature overnight, it suddenly got a lot better.  I began to remember how lucky I was to have shoes to put away, dishes to scrub and disagreements to solve.  Because all of that is motherhood too.  And I realized that Mother’s Day was most likely intended for adult children, who were now mothers and fathers themselves and understood, to honor their mothers.

So, to all the mothers in my life who have helped to raise, support, and inspire me, thank you.  To my own mom, who probably has more stories than she can count about Mother’s Day messes, fights, and other general disasters, I am sorry.  Truly.  And to my own children, I love you to absolute pieces.  I would not be nearly the woman I am without you and feel so humbled to have the honor of being your mother.

Now, I am going to play the Mother’s Day card and be a little self-indulgent as I share far too many images of my very own favorite little people:

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This is what 10 minutes before church will get you:).  Happy Easter!

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New York portrait photographer

It’s almost time for one of my absolute favorite time of year to shoot outdoors.  Not only is an apple orchard in bloom one of the most breath-taking backdrops for portraits, but it’s a sign that spring and new growth are in full swing.  This time of year always makes me feel like absolutely anything is possible:).

The unseasonably warm (but entirely welcome) weather we have been experiencing this year means that the orchard will most like be in bloom well before the typical Mother’s Day weekend.  Because the blooming window is so short (only about a week) and spring weather in New York is changeable at best, scheduling is done by waiting list.  If you are interested in booking an orchard session, please email me at: jessica@nosmallmoments.com for more information.  You will be placed on a waiting list and once the trees are in bloom (most likely some time in April this year), I will contact inquiries in the order they come in.  That means that I may call you, say, on a Tuesday about shooting the next day or the day after.  Depending on the weather, there may only be a couple of nice shooting days, so spaces are extremely limited.

Mini sessions are the perfect way to capture your pregnancy, a milestone for your child or baby, update your family portrait, or try out custom photography if you haven’t yet had a chance to.  They also make a perfect Mother’s Day gift to your wife (or to yourself–because, let’s face it, we all know who schedules the family portraits).  Unlike a full session, mini sessions include 30 minutes of shooting and result in 8-12 final gallery images.  Four exclusive digital and print collections are available with this year’s mini sessions, and an in-person ordering date will be scheduled after your session.

Here’s a little peek of the fun we’ve had the past couple of years:

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Be sure to secure your spot–can’t wait to see you!

This past year was quite an adventure.  2011 brought so many challenges as well as blessings–and in the midst of it all, I had the privilege to photograph some of the most wonderful and beautiful clients.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for this coming year!

Click below to view a slideshow of images from this past year.

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From our home to yours:

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Wishing you a magical Christmas season!

Love,

Jessica