I am out of town this weekend and for the first time in 23 years, I am spending my Mother’s Day with my husband with no children. Not on purpose! Our daughter is working very hard in South Dakota (and her boyfriend counts as Child #3) and our son just left for the Navy on Wednesday to start his new career. My husband and I are in D.C. for Police Week which happened to be over Mother’s Day. We have plans but it’s just us two. But that’s ok, it doesn’t matter if you are with your children or not, you know they love you and you love them. They are in our hearts at all times of the day. They can be 3, 13, or 53 and we think of them all the time.

So of course when I’m out on Senior sessions – I try my best to always get a Mom and Senior shot. Doesn’t always happen, but I do my best. This is one of the few last photos you’ll have of you two before they go onto their new adventures. I never warn mom when talking about the Senior session what happens at the end. If I did, I can tell you from my own experience, mom would be a wreck. I know you all to well, you need to lose a few pounds, your hair needs a cut, you don’t look great right now, blah blah blah – I have heard it. 🙂 I love you mom’s. I do – but guess what? Your child has seen you more at your worst then when you are at our senior session… trust me. 🙂 So here is a little tidbit for future seniors parents if you find this article… I will try to take a picture of you and your senior. Best thing? I know to do waist up shots, and I ALWAYS touch them up a bit more to make you awesome-sauce and my favorite is to always make them in Black and White.

Why black and white? Because pulling all the color out of the image helps you focus on the face. No one is looking at the t-shirt that you wore, or the pony-tail, no make-up face that you did… they are looking at your beautiful face and your senior’s. It’s the true beauty of black and white. Now with family sessions, yes there are images in color but I always show a few in black and white because it’s really a timeless image when when you pull all out the color and focus on the faces.

Here are my 2016-2017 mom’s of the year – who took amazing pictures with their children… Happy Mother’s Day – we love you!