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These two salt and pepper girls are dear to my heart. One mine. One my niece.

My girl doesn’t have a sister, so she finds one in her cousin. We are so blessed to have this time, near to family and ones we love. It is a rare gift in our Navy lifestyle and fleeting. So we hold on and love while we can. We make time for what matters. Well, we try. And try hard. Because soon we will be gone and in another place. And while we will still have them, we won’t have them close.

lifeography cousins
lifeography cousins

Some photos evoke feeling more than capturing a likeness. They are so real you can feel the warmth of the girl on the other side. You can virtually caress her cheeks and remember the smell of her hair as she nuzzles into your neck. These are memories little love. This is who you were when you were three. And who I was. This is how I saw you. Tiny, strong, vulnerable, beauty-full.

memories of three

  • vanessa - I love your work. It speaks to my heart and so do your words. I’m so happy you live close to me… we must make a plan! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Stephanie - Thank you Vanessa!! I feel the same. So so happy to have discovered you — and that you are local! We must connect soon!ReplyCancel

As winter fades into spring, I am eager for renewal–in my heart, in our day-to-day. Reflecting often on my role as a mother, on my children growing. And coming back to photography in a way that is authentic and meaningful.

I am staring at these growing boys from the outside looking in. They are becoming less of me and more independent moment by moment, day by day. Watching through the glass, I know it is just the beginning of this journey. Of feeling separate. Other. Yet connected in an inexplicable way. In our reflections, we merge together. Still one.

Wishing you sunny skies this Saturday friends.

Portraits of a mother and her sons:

lifeography | trinity lifestyle photographer
lifeography | trinity photography

  • Ginger Unzueta - really love this Stephanie, love seeing more of your work again. these words really speak to my heart as I watch my own children growing day by day as well.ReplyCancel

    • Stephanie - Thank You Ginger. Amazing how we long for them to be independent on tired hard days — and then the reality hits. That once they walk alone, we will rarely carry them in our arms.ReplyCancel

  • Sara Beth - This hits home today–as I watch my 10 year old boy grow into his own self, yet he will always be my first baby.ReplyCancel

    • Stephanie - SaraBeth – I remember when he was just a toddler. The time really is so fleeting – but you do such a wonderful job of living life with them – truly walking beside and with your kids. They have such magical childhoods because of your sweet family.ReplyCancel

  • Alinta - This is brilliant Stephanie. Very soul touching. I have boys similar ages to yours, then a girl Scouts age and I feel the same… I am hanging onto every cuddle, every I love you, every your beautiful Mum, every please help me as I know they are few and far between over the next stage.ReplyCancel

    • Stephanie - Thank you so much Anita — it is really bittersweet isn’t it? Love that our babies are the same ages — such a tiring, wonderful, chaotic, beautiful time of life, right?ReplyCancel

Many mornings and many afternoons, she sneaks in to play on my bed. Sometimes we read or cuddle and talk. Some days I just watch her. In awe of her tiny frame.

my girl

  • John Waire - These are really GREAT Stephanie!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - What a face! Love ’em.ReplyCancel

  • Grammy - She is such a beautiful sweet little girl. And looks so much like you when you were her age. Full of excitment, questions and can be a little chatter box at times. Just like her Momma was. She is such a gift to all of us we are so blessed to have her in our lives.ReplyCancel