My New Favorite Mother and Child Moments

Mother’s Day is Sunday! I hope all of the moms in my life get to celebrate all weekend long. It’s so cliche but a mother’s work IS in fact never done. We go and we go and we go. So I will be stretching this out as long as possible and I hope you will too.

To kick off the weekend, I’m sharing some of my favorite mother and child images. My original plan was to share all-time favorite pictures featuring mothers, but after six years of photographing over 300 families that task became too big. So here are a few of my favorite new motherhood images from 2017 and 2018.

Motherhood is so beautiful. I hope you see that in each of the photos below. Sure family life has it’s ups and downs. And yes, we have some hilarious outtakes from all of these family sessions, but these moments are real. As mothers, the connections we build are strong and the love we freely give is fierce. Being able to capture those connections and emotions is so important to me. It’s one of the things my clients love most about our time together. One of the things I love most is when moms tell me how much they love not just the pictures, but themselves in the pictures. YES! YES! And YES! We moms are often reluctant to be in pictures and we are way too hard on ourselves. So hearing a mom say that she loves how she looks is music to my ears.

Enjoy these beautiful, hard-working, amazing mamas. I have so much love for these clients and their pictures.

Joy-filled image of a mother playing with her baby boyJoyful photo of teenage daughters including one high school senior embracing their momMother and canine child sharing a special moment in Freedom Park, pet photographyMother and daughter snuggling at Freedom Park in Charlotte, NCYoung boy puts his ear to his mother's pregnant belly

Mothers hugging their high school seniors during senior portrait sessions

A joyful moment between a mother and her high school seniorJoyful backlit image of a mother and son, candidcandid moment of a mother being hugged by all three children at once

Candid, joyful image of a mother, her newborn baby girl and big sisterTender moment between mother and daughter in Charlotte's Romare Bearden ParkMother and daughter photos in Charlotte, NCMom and her two grown boys in Romare Bearden Park, CharlottePhoto of a mother hugging her high school senior daughtermother kissing her son's head

Mother and son caught during a candid moment of laughterA candid moment of grandmothers, mother and daughter during a Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NCMother and daughter embrace during Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NCMother and child images in Charlotte's Freedom Park, captured during a fall family photo sessionPhoto of a mother and teenage son hugging

Mother and son exploring Charlotte's Independence Parkblack and white, backlit photo of a mother and son walking, holding hands

Funny photo of a mom holding her high school senior like a baby

Mother and son photos

Three generations sharing a laugh at Charlotte's Mint Museum on Randolph

Image of a mother and her young son, son is blowing bubbles

Black and white photo of a mother and two teenage daughtersMother and teenage daughter

Fall portrait of mother and daughter in Charlotte's Freedom Park

Portrait of a mother and high school senior son momma and her boys in Belmont, NCTeenage son and his momMother and high school senior laughing at each othera mother and her three adult childrenImage of a baby falling asleep on her mother's shoulder after a family photo session in uptown Charlotte, NC

Click here to view my photo galleries of families, children, high school seniors and more.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Abbe McCracken is an award-winning photographer serving Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas of Matthews, Ballantyne, Weddington and beyond. She specializes in joyful family photography. Abbe is a member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers and is the two-time winner of Charlotte Smarty Pants’ Best Family Photographer. Other recent local awards include Hulafrog South Charlotte’s Most Loved Family Photographer and Charlotte Parent Readers’ Favorite Family Photographer.

Abbe McCracken, award winning photographer

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Welcome to my blog! I’m a child and family photographer based in Charlotte NC.


Parents always ask, “what if my kid doesn’t listen?” My answer: that’s actually perfect. Don’t tell your children I said so, but personalities shine when listening ears fail. I welcome the silly. I want the giggles. I watch for honest smiles, real connections and stolen family moments.


This applies to your big kids and high school seniors too. Wink, Wink.

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