This year I decided to do a Mom and Me, Coffee and Tea Limited Time Session to celebrate and honor our St. Louis mamas in the month of May. As I mentioned in my post offering these sessions, I feel like moms are all too often left out of photos because they’re frequently the ones behind the camera capturing their little ones. This was a chance to actually be in the photos and it did not disappoint!
Some of my favorite memories from my childhood involve tea with my Mom before I even started Kindergarten. We weren’t the type to get dressed up, wear fancy hats, and go to an official tea room, but what we did was special to *us*. We would go to a bakery that was about a one minute drive from my parent's house, walk in and smell the sweet aroma of freshly baked goods. Usually we would get danishes (I believe it was my brother at the time who couldn’t remember the name of them and instead called them “Englishes” — close enough, right?!) handed over the counter in a white bakery bag. Occasionally, we were able to get the elusive crumb cake. To this day, I’ve never been able to find a crumb cake quite like this bakery used to make. We would go home, my mom would put some hot water on the stovetop, and then brew individual cups of hot tea. I usually sweetened mine with what was probably way too many scoops of sugar. And we would sit and enjoy a little Mom and me time with our cups of tea and our bakery items.
I remember this time in my life so vividly with her and it really holds a special place in my heart. I imagine part of it was that with 7 other siblings, one on one time with my Mom was rare so it felt even more special. I only wish we had some photographs of that time together. Unfortunately, it was pre-digital cameras and definitely pre-selfie invention. When I decided to do this session, I wanted to bring a bit of that nostalgia out and capture the relationships with moms and their kids that I never had captured myself.
Thanks to the moms and their kids who came out to celebrate their relationships and to get in front of the camera to remember this fleeting stage of life! And thank you for making me smile as I looked on and remembered the good ole days of my childhood with my own Mom!
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