The Photo I Can't Stop Looking At

Image_Tamara Lackey Photography Being an 11-year old boy can be tough. Being the mom of one can be just as tough. It seems like every stage of parenting has had its struggles, but this one is different. There is such a push-pull relationship between desire for independence and freedom, yet the need for morning cuddles and reassurance of his "place" in this world. As he is figuring things out, so am I. I've spent the last eleven years of his life trying to protect, shield, guide, nurture, kiss and hug away every unsafe, negative, hurtful and harmful thing. But I know it's time for me to let go a bit more, just like with every stage before this, and let him continue paving his own way. We are navigating these pre-teen years together and some days are, without a doubt, more challenging than others. This is why I gasped, then teared up, then stared at this photo of us for a really ridiculously long amount of time. It speaks volumes to me about our relationship right now and I am beyond grateful to Tamara Lackey who captured this photo of us during her most recent workshop in San Francisco.

It was actually this photo that inspired the idea of the Mama and Me sessions I am hosting on Sunday, June 5 here in Oakland. I believe wholeheartedly that we need to exist in photos with our children. We need to see ourselves fully present and engaged with these young humans as a way of celebrating our love and lives together. I have also learned (from experience) that we sometimes spend so much time taking care of others that we don't take care of ourselves. This is why these sessions were not only designed to capture Moms with their children but to give Moms some time to be spoiled and pampered with a makeover, some quiet time, and a swag bag of goodies. Special thanks to Wendy of Mio Salon whom I'm teaming up with for hair styling and makeup, as well as the following small businesses who generously donated the following swag bag goodies for every Mama who signs up:

25% off any Pilates class with Bonnie Machuca at PrecisionPoint Pilates

a complimentary mini facial OR brow waxing by Feliz Dubois of Feliz Dubois Skincare

2 for 1 offer on individualized yoga classes with Katy Fox of We Are Movement

You'll find a few other special surprises in the swag bag, too! We've got a few spots left so contact me at to reserve your space!

Mothers Day gift photo session