You read that right folks.
We shot 14 mini sessions over the course of 3 days, in just one weekend.
I have to send a huge THANK YOU to the Big Man Upstairs, because the weather was not looking cooperative, but somehow, it didn't fully rain on any of our sessions (though Saturday night was definitely questionable...).
These mini sessions were very special to me, because they are all ladies from a group called M.O.P.S., or Mothers Of PreSchoolers. M.O.P.S. is a non-denominational christian organization with the goal to get moms connected to each other, support each other, and simply be loved. *You are by no means required to attend church, or have any set beliefs, to attend these groups. They simply want you feeling loved & supported as a mother, and to know that you're not alone on this journey!* If you're pregnant, adopting, or have a child aged 0-5 (you "graduate" once your child completes kindergarten), check it out! There's groups available nationwide, and even a few specialized groups like teen MOPS, military MOPS, as well as a MOMSnext, for those of us with older kiddos.
Our sessions were held at an adorable little apple farm, The Little Farmer. Our family has spent many, MANY hours at this place. A pumpkin patch, rows upon rows of apple trees (pick your own, OR buy them bagged and ready to go!), a corn maze, a rather impressive play area for the kiddos, and some of the best baked goods (PIES!) and caramel apples in the state!
As you might've guessed, the place was a bit busy with such cooperative weather, and above-average temps, so we setup in a small, hidden area near all those delicious apple trees. Hard to find for a few clients? Yes. Worth not having every other person stare at you while you're getting family photos taken? Absolutely!
Session after session, I was blown away by several things:
- How absolutely ADORABLE all these children were. I love my own, and I'm biased towards them, but I was smiling while editing as if these kiddos were my own. SO CUTE!!!
- How involved all the parents were during the sessions. So many were actively running around with the kids, helping them smile, etc.
- How willing the parents were to cooperate with a few goofy requests, which leads to my next point...
When was the last time Mom & Dad were in a photo together? I heard more than once that it'd probably been since their wedding day! Friends, if you get family photos taken by me, or anyone else, you MUST make sure he or she snags a few of just you and that lovely person who is helping raise all these amazing little humans with you. There were plenty of laughs, smiles, and a bit of dancing as well! Keeping your marriage strong and healthy is vital to a happy family; I'm actually a part of a book launch team that centers around this very topic (check back in a bit for some details and a review!), called "Hope Unfolding" by Becky Thompson. Check it out!
The best part about this entire weekend? It was actually a fundraiser. I love what M.O.P.S. has done for both myself and other ladies in my life, and I wanted to give back. 1/3 of the session cost is being donated back to M.O.P.S., so that they can keep costs down and reach even more moms out there!
Alright friends, the coffee is calling my name, and my eyes could use a break from the screen after the past few days of editing. Have yourself a fabulous Wednesday!