In your own words, what does motherhood mean to you?
It’s the opportunity to show a young person unconditional love, and give them the skills and opportunities to share their best selves with the world.
How Many Children Do You Have?
What are your must-have kid items?
Snacks and crayons (and more snacks)
Tell us about what each one of your children has taught you about life, love, and motherhood.
It’s crazy how the same parents can create such different children! Just because something worked well for the first kid, doesn’t mean it will work at all for the second. They’ve taught me the necessity of creativity, and not to take anything for granted.
How has having children changed your relationship? Any suggestions on how to keep the marriage/relationship alive?
You really do have to be a team to get through this parenting thing. Having someone to back up your decisions, or to tag in when you just need a break is not only important for your own sanity, but a good partnership also helps teach the kids what a healthy relationship looks like. Adding kids to the mix absolutely creates more stress in the marriage, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! As with most things you’ll face, acknowledge the challenge and work through it together. (And a little wine never hurt.)
What are some of your most cherished memories of motherhood?
It’s the little things… the early mornings when one of them will wake up and come snuggle with me in bed, or the way their head smells right after bath. Seeing my husband hold our oldest daughter right after she was born, or hearing the girls sincerely telling each other “I love you.”
What most surprised you about motherhood?
That really awkward transition around 18 months or so, when they go from being a pet baby to an actual human person.
What has been your greatest challenge in motherhood?
Has your style changed since becoming a mom?
I believed in comfy clothes before getting pregnant. If anything, the love of oversize shirts and stretchy pants has only intensified.
If you get any “me time”, how do you wind down or spend it?
A combination of the gym and hot baths and sheet masks
Do you have a family tradition that you are passing onto your child(ren)?
Does randomly quoting bad 90’s movies count as a tradition?
How do you manage to keep all of the plates spinning? What helps you juggle motherhood?
Lists & sticky notes. Everywhere.
What is your greatest joy in being a mother?
I love watching my kids interact with the world; being curious and learning, practicing things that are hard, and teaching others what they know.
If you could give your child(ren) one piece of advice what would it be?
Think critically about your relationships with others, and don’t be afraid to walk away from people who aren’t good for you.
Tell us about your session and what the images mean to you.
Amy was amazing. She was so patient with all of us, and totally willing to wander around the woods, through the mud and in the water to make sure she got the perfect shots. I love all the little moments she was able to capture of the girls just exploring and playing in nature. Thank you so much, Amy, for giving us these happy memories.
I got started in photography when I was 16 years old and wanted a camera so I could update my MySpace profile pictures more regularly. At some point, I realized there was more to life than selfies, and I started taking photos of other people. As it turns out, I had a knack for it, so I kept on doing it. When I married Mike, I had him join in on all the fun. In fact, he’s the Archer of Amy & Archer! Why Archer? Well, that’s Mike’s middle name! I’m all about alliterations, so when the opportunity presented itself, I took it! I’m known for my bright yellow peacoat, my chicken stir fry recipe, loving puns, eating popcorn drenched in Old Bay, watching hours of Investigation Discovery, and taking photos.