Mommy & Me Photoshoot | Gangotri

I photographed Gangotri and her 2 beautiful children earlier this month for a Mom & Me Photoshoot. When I first met her, Gangotri owned her own Yoga Studio. She closed it about a year ago to spend more time with her kids. 

A little boy laying on his mom's lap with his sister leaning on her
Mom and her little girl looking at each other

This particular morning was VERY cold; Gangotri told me that her son saw spray from a sprinkler frozen in mid-air while they were driving out from their neighborhood. What a sight that must have been!

We met for our photoshoot at Dry Creek Park in Roseville CA. It's a very pretty area. We walked the short trail from the playground to the dirt path right next to the creek. I love paths like this - whenever I stroll on them, I imagine that its twists and turns are hiding little surprises like wildflowers or little rabbit holes. We chanced upon a spot with a nice amount of shade and we were set. 

Mom and her 2 children 

Despite the freezing cold (or perhaps because of it??) we were able to get the sweetest smiles from her children. Gangotri is such a warm and loving mom that I am sure that was part of it! 

Mom hugging her son

One of my favorite parts of the photo session was near the end when I asked the children to run to their mom and hug her. I think they missed the "hug her" part of my instructions because they ran straight to me, past her. I laughed and told them to go back to their mom and give her a big hug. They tackled her instead. I guess sometimes you have to take your hugs no matter what form they come in ;)

a laughing mom sitting on the ground and her children are about to land on top of her

Thank you Gangotri for a wonderful morning. It was nice to meet your kids and glad they they were able to make the most of a cold but activity filled morning!

Claire Toney loves photographing moms and their children, no matter what age. Sign ups for Mom and Me photoshoots will be opening up soon! To get first dibs on a date, sign up for the newsletter below. You may also contact her via email at or (916) 769-5482 (cell and text)