Motherhood Sessions | Fran+Arlo

Motherhood. It’s impossible to explain how much changes when you become a new mom. Besides the obvious lack of sleep / personal space / free time, the biggest change is the love. It’s a different kind of love than you have for your hubby, family & friends. It’s a kind of love that physically hurts it’s so strong. You just want to scoop that little human into your arms, smother them with kisses, and never let them go.

My heart aches thinking that my baby won’t always be this version of herself. She changes so dang fast that in 2 weeks, 2 days [heck, even 2 hours], she’ll already be a different version of the baby I know. But that’s also what is so exciting each day. There is nothing cooler than hearing your baby laugh for the first time. And that squinty, gummy, pure joy smile breaks my heart. She’s so innocent and I want to protect her from everything. She’s the reason I get out of bed before the sun comes up. Sure, sometimes I’m not so happy it’s still dark out but I miss her when she sleeps.

I have so many questions I want to ask each mom I come across.

How was your adjustment into motherhood? What felt natural and what felt strange? What do you wish your mom had warned you about motherhood? What do you wish for your child? What makes your baby uniquely them? What fuels you to get up day after day with a huge smile when you’re running on so little sleep? Would you change anything about those first few weeks bringing the baby home? What do you want other new moms to know about motherhood? In what ways are you the same? In what ways are you forever changed?

I absolutely love that I have the opportunity to be invited in to witness such intimate moments, whether at homes like this or between newlyweds on their wedding day. And I’m so excited to share these visual stories.  Sorry dads, this session is for the mamas out there. Especially the mamas always behind the camera, instead of in front of it. I want them to have photos holding their babies while they’re young. I know there are a million reasons not to pay someone to photograph just a small portion of your family. But I can guarantee you these are moments we don’t get back. So let’s capture life as you know it before you both change and grow up.

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Meet Fran and her little Arlo in their home in St. Louis. Where the laughs are contagious and a handful of Cheerios makes tears suddenly turn to smiles. Their house has such a beautiful and comfortable lived in feeling; one my own home doesn’t have yet. I met Fran a few years back and it’s so cool to see her as a mama. Arlo is one lucky dude. Fran is the best mom. And I’m sure she feels just as lucky.

 

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Fran is a damn fine designer. Check out her design work here and she also sells prints and curated vintage goods here.

 

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