Photographing these mother and daughter portraits for Laura and Dayona was nothing short of beautiful.
And not just because they each have a spectacular beauty; they have sparkling hearts of gold.
I’ve known Laura since about 2011. This mother and daughter portrait session was special to me, but not only for that reason. She and Dayona shared with me (since we’ve lived in different states since 2013) that Dayona began experiencing alopecia in her early teens.
Alopecia is a condition where hair falls out, leaving patches and bald spots. There is no known cause or cure, and some battle longer than others.
Dayona usually wears a long, dark wig, but chose to remove it for several intimate mother and daughter portraits with Laura.
Here’s what Laura had to say about their experience in studio.
Her style was one that makes memories freeze in time forever. I wanted a timeless, endless look that I could always remember my daughter and myself at this phase of life.
The moment we stepped foot into her studio, we were greeted with such warmth. My daughter and I were both very nervous of what styles to take or what look we were exactly after….so we may have brought our entire closets!
Anna didn’t make us feel embarrassed; rather she threw all our options onto the table and talked out what looks would pair well with the outfit. She made the what felt stressful decisions a breeze. The photo shoot itself was incredible. We are nowhere near “experienced” when it comes to taking our pictures, but again, she made that feel like an easy and natural process….and in the end made us feel and look models!
There are way too many to choose from. But I think one of my all times favorites was a very vulnerable moment with my daughter. She has battled Alopecia the past 4 years, loosing her hair at 14 years old. We’ve been through some very hard days together. But I’ve watched her mature and come into herself as a woman. She took her wig off and we were able to take some of us laughing and embracing. Those mother and daughter pictures will forever be something I will cherish and I hope are passed down for generations to come.
I was insecure with my body image. You know….the typical mom body. But didn’t want to miss out on a moment because of my insecurities. I found it didn’t matter. Anna made me feel beautiful and confident… and the pictures were breathtaking. I’m so thankful I didn’t let my insecurities get in the way. It was worth it!
Do it. Do it now. Moments of life are fleeting. Our children grow up, we continue to age, the flaws we not pick at within ourselves will always be there. Just embrace today and create a lasting memory that you can’t replace.
Nothing. I love you Anna, thank you!