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Oh friends… Today was a hard one. I try to keep my head above water but some days, like today, I just feel like I never breach the surface. Today, I am a stone sinking in an endless pool of leaky sippy cups and tears. We are on day one million (not an exaggeration) of […]

About Me, Motherhood, Parenting

October 7, 2020

Hey Mama, Real Talk …

Mommy and Me Baby Photoshoot on the Beach
Baby Rememberance Photoshoot | Tiffany Chi Photography

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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. One in 4 Women will lose a baby during pregnancy, delivery, or infancy. One in 160 pregnancies will end in stillbirth. Pregnancy and infant loss has long been stigmatized and shrouded in shame. Yet, thousands of mothers and parents suffer silently, feeling forsaken and alone in their […]

Awareness, Motherhood, Parenting

October 6, 2020

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness

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So much of motherhood in daily life is made up of so many small, imperceptible nothings. The tears that are wiped away from an exhausted meltdown, the bruises that appear and disappear as our children explore their world, the time spent shushing the baby to sleep, the cleaning and re-cleaning of toys and books and […]

Motherhood, Parenting

September 25, 2020

Building a Childhood

Orange County Motherhood Photographer Lifestyle Photography

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Dear Aimee, Five. When did you grow up? I’ll look through photographs of when you fit in my arms and wonder where all the time went. I remember when you struggled to communicate your needs, and now you regale me of tales that you invented in your dreams. My sweet daughter . . . in […]

About Me, Motherhood

August 31, 2020

An Open Letter to My Daughter on Her 5th Birthday

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When I first realized that I wanted to specialize in capturing motherhood, it came as a surprise, even to myself. You can argue that most of what we create and put out into the world is a form of self portraiture. In every portrait of a mother I capture, there is also a little bit […]

Motherhood

August 19, 2020

I See You, Mama

Light and Airy Natural Maternity Photo Session Expectant Mother Lifestyle Sitting in Chair
Baby Holds Lemon with Mother

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“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Melody Beattie Some days it’s easy to fixate on the things that we may lack: disappointments mount, frustration builds, expectations go unmet, and our hearts are restless for reassurance that never seems to come. Comparison is a thief that robs us of the joy of our present, […]

Motherhood, Parenting

August 14, 2020

Choosing Gratitude

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Does cleaning out your phone’s photo storage give you anxiety or is it just me? Ugh. I’ve been an image hoarder since before I can remember. Always the first one taking out her camera. Do I need this photo of my child destroying a random plate of pasta from the Cheesecake Factory from 5 years […]

Motherhood, Parenting

August 12, 2020

Documenting the Little Moments

Little Girl Takes Photo of Baby. Tiffany Chi Photography
Baby Breastfeeding

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As a woman who has (self diagnosed) breast hypoplasia, I had no idea how it would affect my breastfeeding journey with my children.  The lactation nurses who saw me also had no idea.  The first lactation consultant that I saw as a first time mom after the 16 hour labor with my firstborn took one […]

About Me, Motherhood

August 8, 2020

My Breastfeeding Journey, part ii

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, I thought I’d share my personal breastfeeding journey with you. Before I had my children, I had thought, like many others, that breastfeeding was fairly simple and straightforward.  The “hard part” that everyone talks about is the obvious hurdle of extracting or expelling a 6 – 10 lb […]

About Me, Motherhood

August 7, 2020

My Breastfeeding Journey, part i

Baby Nursing Tiffany Chi Photography
Black and White Image of Girl being Held. Tiffany Chi Photography

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I believe I only began to understand the idea of sacrifice when I became a mother.  From the day that our flesh was combined, and I became their first home.  My heart grew larger, and beat faster to fill their veins.  Perhaps I do not understand and may never understand firsthand the terror of racist […]

Awareness, Black Lives Matter, Motherhood

June 12, 2020

Mothers for Black Lives Matter