I became a Mother nearly 7 months ago.

Or perhaps I became a Mother the moment I discovered I was pregnant.

Yes.  That is when I became a Mother.  When my life changed in order to create and sustain another.

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A beautiful unravelling of self happens around becoming a Mother.  Beautiful… and disorienting.

Our bodies – if we birth our babies – grow, shift, stretch, create.

Our minds – whether we birth our babies or adopt – become focused on poop schedules and play groups.  Bedtimes and growth charts.

Very quickly we become a different version of the self we’ve always known.

Sometimes we lose ourselves.  Sometimes we forget ourselves.

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In my short few months as a Mother I have changed in ways that I cannot find words to describe.

There may not be words, but it’s written on my face.

It’s the shine in my eyes, and the wrinkles around them that have deepened from smiling (and lack of sleep).

It’s the way I throw my head back in laughter when my son learns something new.  Or when his diaper leaks all over me.

It’s the messy hair and milk stains and untidy house and all of my imperfect moments.

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And my goodness I am so beautiful in those moments.

So are you.

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My first Mother’s Day is around the corner, and I am filled with gratitude for all that has changed in my world.

I am thankful, too, that I have a partner and wonderful friends who have documented this time for me.

The greatest gift I can imagine as a Mother is a moment to feel beautiful.  To see the way my son looks at me.  To be given an image that will always allow me to remember what his chubby little arms feel like when they’re wrapped around me.

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If you know a Mother who perhaps hasn’t had a moment to see just how beautiful she is when she is with her children, consider gifting her a Mother Session.  These sessions are priced at $400 + HST for 45 minutes of photography, and include 30 images in high resolution – edited, and ready to print.*

Send me an email {click here} or call me {416 454 8272} if you know a special Mother (pregnant, new mom, mom of teenagers, your mom, any mom!) who might like a little session to celebrate Motherhood.  Just her and her wee ones(s).  I will put together a gorgeous package for her (including some surprises), and have it ready to go on May 8th.

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Big BIG love to all the Mothers.  I am proud to count myself among you.

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Tara

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* Travel fees may apply for sessions outside of the Greater Toronto Area

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again ::

Intimate weddings make me weak in the knees.

Furthermore, a cocktail-length gown with vintage detail?  YES PLEASE!

Be still my beating heart.

I adore this wedding.

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Tara + Barb

P.S. Cecilia’s STUNNING gown by Catherine Langois and florals by Coriander Girl

I couldn’t help but blog a million images from this wedding because Amy + Dan are just too darn cute.

He makes her laugh.

Ohhhh man does he ever make her laugh.

Amy’s gown.  Ohhh that gown.

And yellow accents?  COME ON!  Welcome to my dream world!

Whisky-drinkin’ yellow lovin’ cute ring bearin’ perfection.

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Tara + Barb

Planning and coordination by Karina Lemke

Hair and make up by Ivy Lam

Amy’s gown from Mrs Bridal

Our BIGGEST congratulations to Kelly and Mike who I will be joining in Tofino on July 11!

Thank you for all of your entries.  I was overwhelmed at the love expressed in each entry, and wish so much that I could join all of you.

My sincerest gratitude to everyone who entered, and all of my love to you as you plan your weddings!

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Tara

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As 2014 comes to a close, I am called to reflect on the year that just passed.

The last 12 months have been incredible.

I had a baby.  He’s incredible.  Motherhood has changed everything.

Barb, our amazing associate, has become a full-time primary photographer.  Her work is stunning, and I am so proud of how she has grown into such a phenomenal photographer.

Our couples (as always) were the best of the best this year.

Not only have they shared their lives with us, but many have rejoiced and supported me through my pregnancy and early motherhood.

The moral of the story is that I am grateful.

Overflowing with gratitude.

And now it’s time to give something back.

I am giving away one free wedding photography package for 2015.

We have a very limited number dates remaining in our calendar, so we are specifically looking for an amazing couple who is getting married on July 11, 2015 (we will also accept July 10 or July 12).

HOW TO ENTER

Email tara@taramcmullen.com (subject heading :: July 11, 2015) with the following information ::

* Your story.  Who are you?  Why do you love one another?  What does your wedding day mean to you?

* A photo of the two of you together.  Show me the love!

* A description of your wedding day.  How are you honouring traditions, and creating new ones?  Tell me how you’re thinking outside the box.  Why this isn’t your average everyday wedding.

Preference will be given to couples who are marrying outside of Ontario, couples who have a unique story or who have had to overcome struggles to get married, and couples who are putting extra special thought into their day.  I would particularly love to photograph a wedding in Newfoundland or coastal British Columbia.

I will cover my own travel expenses, and you will receive up to 8 hours of wedding photography coverage.  This includes all of your beautifully edited images in high resolution on USB.

Easy peasy!

The winning couple will be announced on January 1, 2015.  Entries must be received by December 28th, 2014.

To all of my current and past clients :: thank you.  You light up my world!

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Tara + Lachlan

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