This Is Us | The Serna Family | Redlands Family Storytelling Photographer
Behind the doors of a small Rancho Cucamonga apartment is a magic kingdom full of cuddles, kindness, dance parties, and life, so much life. It is also home to one of the sweetest sibling group I’ve had the pleasure of documenting. The way the two oldest loved and celebrated their little brother is a beautiful gift. This family was built over time and struggle, love and loss. Documenting an afternoon in their life was an absolute pleasure.
I first met Veronica when she won a complementary session giveaway in partnership with The Juniper Blog. Upon learning that these would be the first professional pictures her family had I was thrilled to be meeting her family. In their questionnaire she wrote about how much their everyday moments meant to her. How she loved dance parities and nursing her little one. She asked me to see the details and wrote honestly about the journey, including the rocky patches, that a family goes through. Her children wrote so sweetly about love the time their parents spend with them, the games played, the hugs and the snuggles. I knew reading their words that this was a family that loved deeply and appreciated the every day moments that make life magical.
Veronica and family – thank you for opening your hearts and home to me. Watching the love you have for each other was a true blessing to me. It is clear you are a team and that love flows freely between you. I’m inspired to have more dance parties and bottle up al the laughter of little ones. I cannot wait to see how the grow and what simple moments are treasured in future years.
The image above makes me laugh every time I see it because moms everywhere know the feeling of trying to accomplish anything with a little on your hip and in your hair. Veronica handled the demands of three kids ages 11 – 2 with grace and a smile.
Games were next on the agenda. These simple, silly activities brought out smiles all around. I loved watching Veronica jump right into all of them. You could see in each glowing set of eyes that she is the center of their world. She made Jinga personal for them by putting various tasks on each tile, their favorite being calling auntie.
Our beautiful Southern California weather beckons outside play. We walked to the park in their apartment complex and enjoyed play under some beautiful blue skies. Each child had their own way of interacting with their environment and engaging in play. I love documenting how siblings are both the same and different.
Back at home it was dance party time. This was my favorite part of the day. I am inspired by the giggles and laughter and pure joy each kid exuded. I will be engaging in more dance parties with my baby girl.
Motherhood is not easy and juggling three kids, each with unique needs at various ages, is a true challenge. To do so with such grace and fortitude is priceless. I adore what Veronica shared on social media when posting images from her session “These photos are a reminder on those tough, frustrating days, the ones I question my abilities as a mother, that I easily take my children for granted…just how blessed I am to embark on this journey of motherhood wit these 3 with joy, gratitude and love and am beyond grateful for these priceless photos”. This is motherhood, documented.