Not until I became a mother myself did I truly grasp the unique bond shared between a mother and child. Seeing it from the mother’s perspective threw a whole new light on this love. When I put word out that I was going to be back in Portland, I was contacted by my old friend, Erin, to photograph her with her daughter, Bella. I was beyond thrilled. It had been years since I had seen Erin, and would be my first time meeting her lovely daughter. What a sweetheart. We shared a magical afternoon together; I was still glowing way after our time was over. Their connection is the kind mothers aspire to! How lucky those two are! Witnessing their closeness was captivating, and the love between them is pretty remarkable. Thank you, Erin and Bella, for inviting me to document this memorable time in your lives.