Every spring, The Camera’s Eye donates several packaged portrait sessions to The Valley Kiwanis to help with all the good they do year round. This year, we packaged one for a 2013 Senior, one for a newborn and one for any woman whatsoever… The Madonna Session. Because this is a new concept and a little different, my phone is ringing off the hook with this question, “what on Earth is a Madonna Session???” One woman asked…”What is a Madonna Session… MY HUSBAND won it for me!” I thought that was super sweet because I’m sure he didn’t know either! Some women may roll their eyes at that one… I give him a thumbs up for trying something new and taking a risk that it might be something special for her on Mother’s Day. 🙂 Obviously, he got a lil’ nervous because she called this week and Mother’s Day is May 13th, hee hee. ; )-
So a Madonna Session is a session that simply celebrates Women. Single women, working women, retired women; Moms…moms with 5 children, stay-at-home moms, moms with babies in their bellies, moms who split their lives in sections to be all the people they need to be in one day: wife, mom, money-maker, house cleaner and fabulous chef! You think of her and we want to celebrate her life by giving her a session where the world slows down a bit. Coffee, tea and mid-morning snacks to start the session, a hair and makeup stylist and then some quality portraiture to make her feel incredible. And it doesn’t have to be our style…. it’s about her style. She’s a gardener… well then, we’re going to photograph in the garden. We usually invite her best friend or sister or mother for some solid estrogen support and then we photograph that person with her because obviously she’s there for a very good reason…
Here’s a few samples of a new mom and an expecting mom. It just happened to be that my most recent Madonna shoots revolved around pregnancies, but they don’t have to at all. If you have a question about a Madonna Session that I didn’t answer… do post and ask. I bet someone else is thinking the very same one!
We’re social beings. We connect, network, and converse with friends, colleagues, and family all day, everyday. There’s one connection to me that’s more precious than any other… and that’s the connection between a mom and her baby. I love it!
I’ve been photographing babies for 12 years – from 5 days old and up. I can truly empathize with fathers who say, “no one has the ‘touch’ like Mommy when baby is crying.” I can do all the same things she does in a shoot and the minute she lays a finger on her lil’ one, WhaLaaa!… Baby’s all better.
There’s a thrill in capturing that connection for a mom and an even bigger one knowing she can show it to her child when he or she is older. They grow and grow and grow away from us and sometimes all we want is to “remember when…”
One mom put it best when she said, “Sometimes I want a day without anyone clinging to me and then I think to myself… I better take all the clinging I can get now, because soon they won’t even want to stand next to me in public!” How true is that??!!! ha Ha! Those are the moments you look at a picture like this and close your eyes to remember…. Aaaahh. 🙂