photography with heart and soul true mama photography

We stand for what has largely been lost - the sacred space for women to gather and carry the weight together. The ones found in sewing circles, and basement church potlucks, and birthing rooms. We walk through the world in search of these women to learn from, to care for, to work with. We stand for the echoes of the village, the knowledge in our bones, the sureness that comes with a tribe. Its absence makes me ache and stumble, question and re-question so very much. It's too much to hold it all alone. We stand for the beloved community of women who deserve better, the rising warriors, we are the strongest thread that binds our lives together and we hold the secret of a life well lived, our families, our communities, forever entwined. I stand for telling the truth. We stand for building a foundation again of love and trust to do the work together. We stand for self-love first, with the assurance of unbreakable circle protecting us all.

True Mama is a collective of women working to support and empower mothers to reflect their beautiful, real lives and build a beloved community. The work is focused on unposed photography and artifacts as a method of storytelling and healing.

The experience of taking family photographs will feel like self-care from beginning to end. We will support mothers with meaningful gestures of care, including a small gift at the time of their session and a love letter afterward to describe the experience. Photographs created will serve our deepest heart's desires - they will be evidence that we matter, are appreciated and deeply loved.

Here are some ideas of ways to work with us...

...and here are our standard session lengths:

90 Minute Storytelling Session: $700 - $1,000 (at least 100 digital images + 3 11x14 prints)

30 Minute Mini Session: $400 - $700 (at least 15 digital images + 2 11x14 prints)

5 Minute Front-Porch Session: $250 (at least 5 digital images + 1 11x14 print)

We believe so deeply that each day spent with your kids is the most important day of your life. Your memories deserve to be held, passed around dinner tables, brought out over the holidays, memorized as bedtime stories, displayed proudly and prominently in your home, held tight during times of hardship and loss, and passed down through generations to come.

Signature Membership

What makes True Mama truly unique...

You Pay: A monthly subscription of $85 for one calendar year ($1020 total)

You Get: An annual family photography subscription! Over the course of the year, you design up to three family photography sessions or four hours total (whichever comes first). We'll work together to plan out when and how you would most like to capture your family's memories - it is completely customized to your unique vision.

You'll love: That picture perfect is not the end goal. That you will always receive all of your cherished images and full freedom and flexibility to decide how you use them. That every step of the way is customized just for you, you don't have to fit into a preset package. That this membership is way more than a one-time shoot, it's about connection, community, and care.

Created By
Shea Kluender


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