This mother and her daughters met up with me in June at the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale, Massachusetts, for a mother-daughter photo session.
Solutions at Work
I first met this family back in 2012 — I was photographing an event at Solutions at Work in Cambridge (a nonprofit that offers homeless and low-income families children’s items and professional clothing for new jobs to meet their needs as they achieve self-sufficiency), and this family was there participating at the event. I noticed Lani, the older girl, right away because she was so stunning—I simply had to ask her parents if I could take pictures of this beautiful girl! Six years later, Lani has turned into a gorgeous young lady, and I had the pleasure of meeting her little sister, Lorelai, who wasn’t born yet when I first met her family.
Massachusetts Family Photography
In the six years since I first met these women, a lot has happened. Sadly, the girls’ dad passed away unexpectedly, so their mom has been bravely raising these girls without him. Even though it has been a rough road for her, I can see
so much strength and courage in the way she loves her girls. They have been through so much, but that has only strengthened their bond.
I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be thrust suddenly into this situation. It takes a kind of tenacity that you simply can’t describe to stay strong for your children and to go on living and being that pillar of support for them despite losing the love of your life and partner in parenting. Just watching this mother and her daughters, I was awe-struck by the way they held each other up. This session was not only an important way for these girls to remember this time in their lives—it was a lesson for me in changing my outlook and remembering not to take any days for granted.
Just look at the pictures and you can see how cozy they are together. This isn’t an act or a posed photograph—they truly love each other that much! Even if Lorelai is spunkier and feistier and Lani is quieter and more reserved, they come together like puzzle pieces. This gorgeous group of redheads is truly beautiful inside and out.
Mom, thank you for bringing your girls to this session and for giving me the opportunity to photograph the three of you. I am truly in awe of your strength and your love.