Celebrate Motherhood – Spring Mini Sessions

Motherhood is an experience like no other. It is a gift and a challenge. As mothers, we are the nurturers, the hands to hold, the soft place to fall. Every day we teach, protect, empower, and inspire. We are strength and compassion, loving our children with everything we have.

Motherhood is precious and should be remembered, but I know that as a mother myself I am always on the other side of the camera. I am capturing memories, but I am missing from so many of those moments. When my children look back at the photos of their childhood they will know I was there, but they won’t see the way they made me laugh, smile, and radiate with pride. They won’t see that look of pure love in my eyes.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to be guilty of this. Most of us shy away from the camera and are so busy making the memories for our children that we aren’t captured in them. It is time to change that. This is your moment to step in front of the camera and turn the overwhelming love you have for your children into a work of art that can hang on your wall for years to come. I want to help you do that.

It’s time for our popular, Celebrate Motherhood Mini Sessions.

Spring Mother's Day Mini Sessions by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Family Photographer

Sessions will be held on Saturday April 22nd with studio sessions available in the morning and special outdoor WILDFLOWER sessions in the afternoon. Session Fee is $95 to book, portrait collections begin at $225. Portraits will be delivered by Mother’s Day!

Contact us now for more information and to book.

Do it now before they grow any bigger. You don’t get this time in their lives back. This time when Mommy was the most important person in the world to them.

Why Baby’s First Year Portraits Are So Important

Like most new parents, I was a little naive. When I was expecting my first baby, people told me, “your life is about to change so much, it will never be the same after the baby arrives,” I thought that maybe they were exaggerating a bit. After all, my husband and I didn’t party, or travel, or really do much of anything. We were homebodies. We grabbed takeout and watched movies or read books together. So we very naively, thought, we would just have a sweet little one to join us quietly hanging out and watching movies.

Lifestyle Newborn in Crib by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer

But, as some sort of cruel punishment, we got the complete opposite of that. We got a colicky little girl, who would cry and cry and then cry some more, for seemingly no reason and there was not much we could do about it. For the first six weeks of her life, any time you attempted to place her in her bassinet after she had fallen asleep, no matter how gently or carefully you did it, she would immediately wake up and start crying until you picked her up again. So, for those first six weeks, we took turns holding her while she slept throughout each night.

Lifestyle Newborn with Mom in Nursery by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer

We were both miserable, and I felt like a failure. I had read every book on new babies and thought I was prepared. Instead, she arrived and I felt lost and helpless. It felt like we were messing up from the moment we arrived home with her. Eventually, things got better. We started feeling like we sorta knew what we were doing and that at least we knew our little girl. She got a little easier as she got older. (Well, maybe not easier, at 9 she is still difficult, I mean, “spirited.”) But her fussing, complaining, and crying got more predictable, and we knew what to do for her. As that first year rushed by, the days felt so long. I now knew exactly what people meant when they talked about “surviving” the first year of parenthood, because we just barely made it through.

Lifestyle 4 Month Baby with Mom Portraits by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer

I learned how incredibly difficult, and sometimes completely miserable, the first year can be can be. Like when they decide they are done with their carrot puree so the dump the rest of the bowl onto their head. Or when they start screaming and crying in the middle of a trip to Target, and nothing you do calms them down, so you just have to just abandon your shopping cart to get them out of there. Sometimes you just feel a little bit like you’re drowning and there is no one to throw you a life preserver. But I also learned how truly magical that first year can be. Like when they smile at you for the first time, the way they are absolutely amazed by peek-a-boo, or when they start to crawl and you feel so proud.

Lifestyle One Year Old Session, First Steps by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer

Sometimes the magical times can get a little lost in the difficult times. So when I realized that I could use photography to catch those magical times with my daughter and save them forever, I knew I wanted to do the same for other parents. There is nothing wrong with remembering the difficult times too, especially when they make you laugh in retrospect. But I hate the thought that the pure magic of that first year can be obscured by the sleeplessness, the fear, and the overwhelm. We are all better parents than we think, and I want every parent to remember how happy they made their little one, and how happy that little one made them.

Lifestyle 4 Month Baby with Mom Portraits by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer

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Why Family Portraits Matter

There are a lot of snapshots from my childhood. Photos of me and my brothers and sister at the beach, at holidays, playing together in our backyard. There are even some shots of us with my dad, but looking through our family photos it’s almost impossible to find a photo of my mom. There’s the one of her pregnant with my twin brothers, and the one of her at Easter with an amazing perm. And there are no portraits of my whole family all together. No portraits showing me what we looked like all together as we grew through the years.

There’s a saying I love, “The days are long but the years are short,” that reminds us that the time we have with our kids at any age is fleeting. Sometimes it may seem like otherwise, when they are painting the wall with mac and cheese or when they are singing ‘Let It Go’ for the thirty-fourth time today. But then it seems like all you do is blink and your baby is in high school.

With your precious family time flying by so quickly, family portraits matter. Recording memories matters. Setting aside just a few hours every year to capture your family’s love and unique relationship truly has the biggest return on investment of anything your family will do together. These will be images that your daughter collects when she makes a slideshow for her wedding or the images that your grandchildren pore over to see what their dad used to look like.

I believe that annual family portraits are more precious than anything else you could buy. These are the things that childhood memories are made up of. These are the moments that your kids will be looking for in twenty years.

Most of all, I believe that Mom needs to get in front of the camera, instead of always behind. Don’t make your kids have to search for the one moment that you were all in a photo together. Think about how much your own mom was part of your childhood, and how much you wish you could see that when you look at your family photos. You are the most important person in your child’s life, make sure you exist in photos for them.

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