Is this session personal work or client work?

This session is client work. The mama wanted to secure one of my intimate motherhood sessions so we took a nice little trip out to Boerne to capture the love between her and her son.

Tell us a bit about the magic of summer + the connection to your lens?

Shannon reached out to me to secure one of my intimate motherhood sessions. She wanted to capture the raw beauty of breastfeeding her son, Laiken and their relationship. Her concern was that he was nearing 2 years old, and these beautiful moments between them would soon pass. We went out to a local nature center and headed to the creek. He was scared of the water at first, but to loosen him up Shannon carried him and loved on him. Once he was ready to nurse Shannon and Laiken stripped and I stood back and captured the connection between this mama and her son.

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

This is an epic summer session because it captures the wild, raw, vulnerable and powerful moments of motherhood and nature. This mother and her son were so in love, and their love shines through these images.

What else is on your summer bucket list to photograph this summer?

I am dying to capture an expecting mama in the nude!

What gear was used to achieve these?

Canon 6D, Canon 35mm 1.4

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

My only tips are not to pose, possibly direct, but look to capture those little moments – the ones that people forget after a while. The brush of their hair, that quick squeeze or snuggle, the way mama looks at her babies. Capture the memories that matter



Hi, my name is Vanessa Mendez. I got started in photography at the end of 2015 and was immersed in birth photography. Through 2016 I worked to find my style, speciality, and love. It took me all year to really figure myself out as a photographer and I am still learning and working hard every single day. I found that I have a passion for capturing raw and emotion filled moments between families and especially mothers. My inspiration comes from my own heart as a mama of two. I have been married to my amazing, wonderful, handsome and sweet husband for 5 years in October. We have two beautiful and talented kids, Ava who is 6 and Ezra who is almost 3. I also work as a Mortgage Loan Officer for a Bank, so I am balancing a lot, but photography is worth it!

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#p52radness Monthly Epic Share

#p52radness Monthly Epic Share

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”

Jack Kornfiel

I’ll start with that, and share that I totally butchered that quote as I thought it was problem and not trouble. I am not someone who is afraid to admit her mistakes. So there you go. This quote speaks on so many multiple levels currently.

The project continues to fill the hearts of all of us. Being present is hard, getting in the frame is even harder. Take a little time in the week, commit to one hr of trying to take a self portrait, join our group. The encouragement never ends there.

Here’s a super small May collection, because life.


ABBY KENNAN@abbykennan

ANGELA DORAN @angela.doran

JESSICA EHLEN @jessica_ehlen

LEAH MOORE@leahmoorephoto

MONICA HART @monicaannhart

COURTNEY WILSON Courtney_Wilson_self_Portrait







Monthly Epic share of Self Portraits | #p52radness

Monthly Epic share of Self Portraits | #p52radness


“A woman  must find time for herself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us. . . . It is necessary now and then for a woman to go away by herself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of herself, ‘Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?’ . . . If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one’s time—the stuff of life.”
― Carl Sandburg 




Of self portraits. I’m sharing that quote to serve as a reminder, whether you have children or not. Alone time is OK. I have yet to attempt another round of solo self portraits, and I can say with certainty that they make me reflect so much. As I sit there looking at myself in the camera , having all of the tiny pangs of self hate and loathing, I am able to think of myself for a second, to look at my features and examine and as I most often do,  make a list  in my head of the things I would change about myself . Still I welcome solo self portraits as my alone time, not only physically but mentally.

So many of us have called photos with our children cheating, as we are able to hide behind hugs and giggles.  So I want to challenge you to take a solo self portrait if you haven’t already. Feel the bareness . & take it all in.

song recommendation : Sara Bareilles , She used to be mine.


TAMARAH HODGSON fbDSC_0796ADRIENNE LOUISE33727995992_7915c6965c_oMEGAN BOGGS Megan Boggs - honey + co. photography

ADRI DE LA CRUZ Chicago familyand newborn photography (1 of 1)-8BECCI RAVERA IMG_1985.jpgANNMARIE DENIS 2017-04-22_0005CAMILLE ARNERCamille_Arner_P52

KISHELLE LINENKO IMG_9532MINDY TINGSON 0414-1TINA STRICKLAND TinaStrickland_SelfPortrait052017-1.jpegSARAH SAVINSKI Processed with VSCO with a4 presetAMBER WEST Amber West p52



LAURA WOOD 4L8A0692 (1)BETH CAGNONI BCAG2851-EditAMANDA BARRICK Amandabarrick_2017.pdf, Rorybarrick_2017.pdfBRITTNY DEBONIS170418-self portrait debonis b-001ANNE UEBERSETZIG DSC_4351 res

NINA MARTINEZ Processed with VSCO with tk presetMARISSA ROSEILLER _N5A4383_forP52ASHLEY ESSIG 13 2

KATIE DECKER lifestyle-portrait-katie-decker-photography-boca-ratonASHLEY MARSTON ash