We had so much fun for Katie’s maternity session and this mommy & daddy were absolutely adorable together.
I can’t wait to meet their little one in a few months!

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The Motherhood Collective is a year long project by a group of like-minded photographers capturing real moments and precious images of ourselves with our children. 

Together, we are embarking on a year long personal project, encouraging each other to step outside of our comfort zone, lay aside our need for technical perfection, ignore those stubborn extra pounds on our waistlines, and simply cherish these simple, beautiful moments with our babies.

(Scroll to the bottom to see the next photographer in the collective and read her story)

Read Vol. 1-11 HERE.

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As this year draws to a close and I look back on these monthly volumes of shared memories, I’m truly overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with gratefulness for this group of ladies that helped encourage and inspire, overwhelmed with thankfulness of another year with my two children that I love to pieces, overwhelmed with amazement that I actually stuck it out and made it through all twelve months.

This Motherhood Collective called me out from my place of safety, hiding behind the camera, and pushed aside all my discomfort and insecurity and reminded me time and time again that my kids don’t care about the number on the scale, whether or not I have arm flab, or what size of clothes I wear. They don’t care if I’m awkward or graceful, clumsy or goofy. All they care about is that their mommy loves them enough to create memories together, both in front of the camera and behind it. We had adventures, shared giggles, joined in tickle fights, had story time in bed, made batches of goodies, all of which are reflected in twelve priceless sets of pictures. Some months I forgot until the last minute while other months I was ready weeks in advance. Some are technically perfect and some are anything but, yet each one is beautiful in its own way.

As we made one last batch of cookies for the holidays, I knew I wanted to end this year’s portraits with a glimpse of my personal project for this coming year: family films.

Truly, motherhood is the best gift of all. So from my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

Visit Tiffany with Tiffany Kelly Photography to see her sweet family.

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With the Studio closed for the holidays, I’m using this opportunity to catch up on our personal pictures from throughout the year. As I made my way through the different months, reliving each event and celebration, I found this hidden gem from our summertime trip to TN to visit the grandparents.

My dad has a collection of dancing solar-powered figurines and Samantha was just fascinated by them. So much so that he went to every dollar store in the area until he found a set of the flower figurines that she loved so much. They set them up in the window and as she stared at them in awe, I went to snap a picture and instead witnessed a moment that I will treasure forever.

Being some 3,000 miles away from my family, it’s hard to stay connected and feel a part of each other’s day-to-day lives. With Samantha still being so young, I worry that she’ll forget her grandparents and extended family from visit to visit. But making memories like this one is what helps those miles disappear, for each time we see those flowers on our windowsill, backed by the Alaskan sunset, Samantha says that “Grandat” got them for her and she just loves Grandat so much.

For me, I smile at the renewed connection, the cherished memory, and as I see the tenderness Granddad is looking at her with, I am brought back to a time 20+ years ago when my Daddy looked at me with that same tender smile, as he still does today.

This memory, this moment, it’s why I love photography.

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One moment he was wide awake, the next he was fast asleep.

Welcome, Tucker.

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Sweet boy, so big now!

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Miss Kendall.. I adore you!

Six months never went by so quickly. It feels like she was a newborn just yesterday!

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