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The sun rises and sets with you | Washington, DC Documentary Photographer
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Together we rise. 

This is a visual love story between a mother and child, of their bond that is as certain as the sun rising and setting day after day.

This truly was the kind of Life Story session that I dream about. It was authentic, full of raw emotions and universal expressions of motherhood. This storytelling session candidly portrays the daily rituals of a mother and babe at the end of the busy workday, running home from daycare to spend some quality time together before bedtime.

When Allison contacted me about doing a documentary session, she had a really special request: that it didn't end with bedtime so that we could capture the special time she shares with Enzo as they wake together each morning. We agreed for me to stay over so that I could be there come dawn to capture their waking moments, snuggled in bed, nursing and playing before beginning another hectic workday. 

If you would be interested in having a part of your daily life captured through my lens, please contact me to book. I am available for limited travel sessions. I am offering a discount on Life Story documentary sessions that are booked and shot during the month of August. 

Fair warning: If you get squeamish about the feminine figure, and mothers nursing their babes, then you might want to close right out of this post. This is a very intimate portrayal of motherhood- the daily rituals of caring for a baby, nursing to sleep, and nursing upon waking.   


What kind of life story would you like us to tell during our session?

These images are mainly for me. I want real snapshots of our life together.

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits + Stories Washington DC Documentary Photographer

We start with getting home, checking the mail together, changing into play clothes to go outside. 

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits + Stories Philadelphia PA Documentary Photographer
AnneMarie Hamant Portraits + Stories Philadelphia PA Documentary Photographer

We go sit at the pool, on the lawn, or sit on our porch and read a book. 

We take a bath, sing/dance, brush mommy's teeth and read before breast feeding and bed.

Why is it important to you to document this particular life story? What do these images of your everyday family life mean to you?

This is the hardest most amazing chapter of my life so far. When I'm not busy working, folding laundry and contemplating our life together, I'm trying to be incredibly present to him. I'm so in awe of this motherhood journey, but haven't documented it as well as I'd like to. I have very few images of us together, and sadly, most of them are selfies. Although I'm busying myself trying to build a life for us, I don't want to lose sight of the value of savoring the quiet, intimate moments of our life, too. I'm trying to capture this chapter before he's all grown up. 

I feel these images deep in my core. Allison and I chatted about where we're at in life, and she asked me a really good question: What does living the fullest life look like for me? I had no answer for that question at the moment but it's one to really sit with for a while. After spending the past few days working with this story, I realized I am already living it. I need to remember that :) Creating art out of the beauty of motherhood, childhood, and family life feels very much like living this life to the fullest. 

Would you like an authentic, documentary photography session with me?  Please contact me for details. I am available for travel for Life Story sessions. 

Mother + daughter session | Lehigh Valley & Bucks County Family Photographer

I'm sharing this beautiful motherhood session because I really believe we have to celebrate all the mamas that are willing to step in front of the camera, forget about any insecurities, and capture their intimate connection with their little loves. This mama really wanted to tell the story of the innocence of childhood before her girls grow up, and I think the magical light we used and giving the girls plenty of time and space for free play in the grass and willows allowed us to do just that.  

Amongst the Wildflowers of Early Spring
AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories- Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

This beautiful mama and daughter spent a cloudy spring evening with me last week enjoying this delicious golden yellow field. I just adore little Natalie's pigtails and her dark hair amidst all the bright flowers. So much tender connection between the two of them as they wait in anticipation of baby brother's birth this summer. I am so excited for my motherhood session marathon coming up this weekend! I can't wait to capture your children's spontaneous affection for you :) 

Motherhood Sessions | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County Photographer
Hellertown, PA Motherhood Sessions on Saturday, April 29th

Hellertown, PA Motherhood Sessions on Saturday, April 29th

I am so excited for this to be the Motherhood Sessions Event month! We mothers are often the ones behind the camera, and we often get uncomfortable being IN pictures. But these images of us being with our babies and big kids are so important. The kids only see the woman who makes every day brighter, not the extra 5-10 pounds we'd rather not be carrying, our tired eyes, or any of the other features that we stress about daily.

I had 2 slots open for my motherhood sessions on April 29th and I would love to capture your love through my candid, relaxed portraits with your littles. 

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Welcome Baby Edgar! Hellertown Growing Family Session | Lehigh Valley Newborn Photographer

It's always a bit daunting when a friend and talented photographer hires you to do their newborn session, but so much fun too. Baby Alexandra was two weeks old when we did their Growing Family lifestyle newborn session. I loved capturing their family life in motion- mommy waking big-brother Austin up from his nap with some cuddles, family reading time in bed while mommy nursed the baby, mommy snuggles and babywearing, dad firing up the barbecue and family superhero playtime before dinner. This was a FULL session! I love Growing Family sessions so much as we get to explore the family life with new baby in tow. Life moves on, toddlers need some extra attention (and popsicles!), and new babies fit right into the mix. Thank you Edgar Family for having me be a part of this amazing time in your family! 

Portraits of Motherhood: Lehigh Valley & Bucks County Motherhood Photographer

Earlier this month I held my first mini sessions devoted entirely to motherhood at the beautiful Fox and Finch Studio in Bethlehem, PA. The moments we captured of these beautiful mamas and their little ones make me so incredibly happy. Just taking 20 minutes or so to love on your baby, cuddle them, sing to them, nurse them, and focus on that mother/baby bond, was so very beautiful. 

From my own experience, I am personally rarely in any pictures with my own three little ones, and I can tell you it would be a treasure for my kids to have images of me with them. Many of us mothers never feel worthy to be in pictures, so we want sessions to focus on the kids. We still carry that post-baby pouch (in my case, a 2 year post-partum pouch!), we wish we fit into those pre-pregnancy jeans better, maybe we haven't done our hair or makeup in a while.... but our kids don't see any of those self-determined "imperfections." They just know us and love us as we are. We are moms- we are comfort, peace, joy, solace to our little ones. Just as each of our children is perfect to us, we are just right to them, just as we are. 

 Even the busiest toddler boy will sit in his mama's lap and listen to her sing, listen to her tell him a story about the day he was born, play "This Little Piggy," or "Patty Cake". They crave our attention all day long, so when we sit down with the intention of giving them our all for a short while, they really do eat it up- I promise. 

I adore these images and can't wait to create more portraits of motherhood. If you live in the Lehigh Valley or Bucks County area, please consider booking a session to capture your intimate bond with your children. I will be offering motherhood sessions all summer long- bring on the fields and flowers and frolicking at sundown!