Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile. - William Cullen Bryant
Family is like music, some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.
This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer Wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying,
‘It’s okay honey, Mommy’s here.’
Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can’t be comforted.
This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.
For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON’T.
This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they’ll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.
This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.
And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of the cars. And that when their kids asked, ‘Did you see me, Mom?’ they could say, ‘Of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world,’ and mean it.
This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.
This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand)mothers who wanted to, but just couldn’t find the words.
This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.
For all the mothers who read ‘Goodnight, Moon’ twice a night for a year. And then read it again, ‘just one more time.’
This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.
This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.
This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls Mom?’ in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home — or even away at college -- or have their own families.
This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they’d be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.
This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can’t find the words to reach them. For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.
For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings and the mothers of those who did the shooting.
For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.
This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.
What makes a good mother anyway?
Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?
Or is it in her heart?
Is it the ache she feels when she watches her son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?
The jolt that takes her from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put her hand on the back of a sleeping baby?
The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when she just wants to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in her home?
Or the need to flee from wherever she is and hug her child when she hears news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?
The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...
And for mature mothers learning to let go.
For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers.
Mothers with money, mothers without.
This is for you all. For all of us...
Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can.
‘Home is what catches you when you fall - and we all fall.’
Tell them every day that we love them and pray and never stop being a mother.... -- Author Unknown
One of our favorite portrait sessions of the year. (Okay, we say that all the time.) This family had such a loving spirit, we had a blast photographing them, even if it wasn't so fun for big brother who proved to be a sweet treat for the mosquitoes. Family photographs and bug bites - what a good sport! - LN
What a delight it was to meet the S family! Grandma and Grandpa came along for moral support, which proved to be an extra special surprise for me: Grandma was my fourth grade teacher (a long, long, long time ago), and one of my all-time faves! Lucky children to have such a special grandparents, and lucky grandparents to have such wonderful grandchildren. - LN
It's been a wildly busy fall and holiday season. We've had a great time seeing old friends, meeting new ones and rolling out fabulous new products.
Now it's break-time (if you can call two weeks with with kids off of school a "break"). As 2013 comes to a close, we're looking forward to spending holiday time with friends and family. (OK, there are some family members we could probably do without.) We're anticipating snowball fights, hot chocolate, warm fires, snuggling together on the couch - and some extra rest, if we're lucky. If you're heading to warmer climes, enjoy, and soak up some sun for us.
Remember to take lots of pictures. You can't get these special times back.
Soben Studios will be on limited hours beginning Saturday, December 21st. We will be resuming regular hours on Monday, January 6th. During this time, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'd love to hear from you! We will be checking voice mails and returning calls, but it may take us a day or two to respond.
Best wishes for a holiday season filled with love, joy, and peace, and may 2014 bring you good health and much happiness.
~Laurie, Laura and Jennifer
Always dance, as though no one else is watching.
It was a warm winter, but a cold spring, and it felt like forever before we could finally get outdoors to shoot. What lively fun with had with the K family. Gotta love the "'tash!" Oh, and this mom knows that sometimes it takes more than a sense of humor to navigate parenthood: an extra set of hands can be invaluable. Check out her fab services (which we can personally highly recommend!) First Class Care and Chicago Mommy Concierge. Whether you need help in the home, help with the kids, or help planning for a new baby, Erin can help YOU out.
Two girls very special to us! We can't look at your images without smiling, P & B. Sisters are best friends with silly private jokes that only you two understand. Your fun-loving spirit is infectious. - LN
We've been blessed to watch the W family grow. Usually, we get together at scenic locations, but this time, you brought the bright, beautiful colors of spring to our studio. S, I remember first meeting you at Glencoe Beach, and look at you now! And E, wow, we've seen you twice since your precious newborn photography session, and you are every bit your own little man. Thanks for talking Mom and Dad into being in the pictures - finally - after 5 sessions! - LN
What a treat it was to spend last Sunday with this family. I still can't get over the little boy's curls - absolutely the best hair I have ever seen. And his sisters are equally cute! We had a great time - and even the dog got to have some fun. It was great to see you guys again. Hope you enjoy these!!!