It is with great excitement that I present the first mother and daughter pair of the year! Melanie lives in West Hills, California with her 2 year old daughter Makayla, her husband Michael and dog Max. She is currently a stay at home mother who enjoys spending time with her family. Upon meeting with Melanie and Makayla, I could immediately see the close bond they share. Sweet and welcoming yet pensive and independent; that is how I would describe Makayla. Some of the most beautiful moments with them were simply observing how mutually inspired they were by the other.
(Video interview following photo gallery.)
"Having Makayla seriously made my dreams come true..." - Melanie
It's the little moments...
The playful moments...
"I've always wanted to be a mom..." - Melanie
The look of pure joy...
Who needs a jungle gym when you can climb up Mommy?
"She is just the best child ever...so sweet and smart, and I love her to the moon and back." - Melanie
"I love how she imitates me..." - Melanie
Yes, daughters are watching...mirroring...
"She has new experiences every day..." - Melanie
Just a quick game of hide-and-seek!
Candidly tender moments...
"She's literally, definitely, the best thing that's ever happened to me, my whole entire life..." - Melanie
Makayla's curiosity is apparent...
"I just want her to always know that her mom and dad and her family, we love her to pieces...and want her to feel secure and be a confident woman, and be smart and loving and share with people and just be a good person..." - Melanie
"It's a very special, special bond..." - Melanie
"It's the kind of love that you can't even describe..." - Melanie
"She's so innocent and sweet and loving..." - Melanie
"She continuously amazes me with her vocabulary." - Melanie
"I love seeing the world through her eyes..." - Melanie
ATCHOO! Bless you, Makayla!
Max made an appearance and appears to be Makayla's special friend...
Daddy...well, Daddy's hand, also made an impromptu appearance that day!
Thank you so much, Melanie and Makayla, for taking the time to be a part of my project. Thank you for being so warm and welcoming and for sharing an afternoon in the life of a mother and daughter. Your connection is true and Melanie, along with Makayla's independent spirit, I can see that she also counts on you. I know you will cherish the moments.