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This month Laura and her girls are in the blog. Four beauties…and another one on the way! I’m learning so much from each mother that I spotlight through our Honoring Mothers project. I’m even learning from their children. I love the dynamics between siblings. Its sweet to quietly watch as they play and laugh and also take care of each other. And it’s even nice to see them argue and struggle too…as that is part of being a sibling. I think we learn about how to interact with our peer and friends through interacting with our siblings. It’s like a “safe zone” because all is forgiven moments later. These beautiful girls laughed, played, smiled, and even argued during our session. And they wiggled their way right into my heart. As Laura said, “they are more alike than different.” On December 7, 2010, I gave birth to my beautiful daughters, Jillian and Leah. Jillian was born first and before Leah was born, doctors had expressed concern about Jillian. I was told that they suspected Jillian had Down Syndrome or maybe just “looked squished” because she was a twin. She was brought to the NICU for testing. Doctors stated that they […]
As many of you know, I’ve been photographing and blogging about mothers and their children. Right now, I am focusing on Mothers whose children have special needs. I have truly been inspired in different ways by each of these mothers. This month, Susan and her four teens are in the blog. Can you imagine being the mother of 4 High Schoolers? Susan’s oldest daughter, Kristen, is developmentally delayed and physically challenged. She also has a contagious smile, a love of horses, and a vibrant spirit. It was my pleasure to photograph Susan and Kristen as well as their entire beautiful family. Each and every mother that I photograph for this project inspires me. You give me energy and fill my soul. On that note, I want to mention Susan’s work as Vice President of an amazing organization called SMILE Mass. SMILE Mass has a mission to create day trip or a vacation opportunity without barriers. This foundation seeks to enable individuals and families with a disabled member to enjoy a getaway similar to those who have no special needs. Please visit their Web site to learn more: SMILE Mass And enjoy these images and Susan’s story. I am a mom to 4 teenagers. […]
I am about half way through photographing the mothers in this portion of the Just So Designs Honoring Real Mother’s Project. I have met such wonderful people as I create these images. I am enjoying seeing (and feeling) the love between mothers and their children. Jessica, the mother featured in today’s blog post has been extremely supportive of the project and has inspired me to take it to another level…more on that to come. In the meantime, here are Jessica and her two beautiful daughters–Bella and Violet….
I love summer. LOVE summer. And as a child and family photographer, I have fallen in love with photographing families in a summer garden. There are some amazing local gardens and I continue to expand my own garden studio. Look at that…I somehow became an amateur gardener along the way. …which is handy because I love summer. Did I mention that? Susan Ogar is a Northborough, MA based family photographer serving the MetroWest and Boroughs area including Southborough, Westborough, Sudbury and Hopkinton.
The Just So Designs Mothers Project truly started when one of my sweetest clients, Melanie, suggested I read an article in the Huffington Post about mothers not getting into pictures with their kids. Mothers who felt too self-conscience about their extra baby weight or some other flaw they saw in themselves to have a photograph taken with their children. They were missing out. Their children would grow and change and it was a real loss to not have these photos…. I started to encourage my clients to get in the picture. Mothers with small children, mothers of high school seniors…all mothers. The project has grown and evolved in amazing ways over the past two years. If you have been following the blog, you know that my high school friend Heather was my inspiration for the second part of this project—focusing on Mothers whose children have special needs. This past week I photographed 3 remarkable mothers with children who have special needs…Each with their own story. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know each one. I look forward to posting about them in the coming weeks. As I was driving to a session yesterday in the late afternoon sun, […]