The Mother Daughter Bond

The Mother Daughter Bond

“A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous.”

The mother-daughter bond.  Few things are like it.  It is a bond of beauty, vulnerability, and love.  A short while back, Kristen contacted me about shooting a conceptual mother-daughter series.  She wanted to capture the preciousness of her relationship with her daughter Ruby in a portrait that would resemble fine art.

The photo she hoped to emulate was a soft vintage photograph.

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This is the kind of shoot a photographer dreams about.

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To prepare for the shoot, I studied the poses of vintage photographs and old paintings.  I sketch out poses with the goal of emulating and learning from the beauty of the pose, while leaving room for individuals to make it their own.


The light couldn’t have been anymore perfect or magical!

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These photos also represent generational love and the miracle of life.  For Kristen and James, little Ruby, living up to her name, is precious as a gem.  She was a miracle baby born at 24 weeks and weighing only 1 pound 8 ounces.  Surpassing all odds and shattering statistics, she proved that especially a life so tiny is a gift.  For Kristen, a woman who had always dreamed of being a mother; and who, as a little girl, lined up her dolls pretending they were her children; Ruby was a lifetime longing come true.


Kristen explained that 7 years ago today, September 11th 2008, her water broke at 22 weeks.  Kristen, James, and the Doctors feared they would loose her.

“The Dr’s told us that I should just get up and walk around to not prolong the inevitable. They had no hope. God had a different plan. 15 long days later, Ruby came into this world kicking and crying and a large hole in my heart just filled to the point of bursting.”


“The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.”

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Ruby certainly enchants your heart with her soft voice and huge curiosity.  Before taking photos, Ruby drew a few pictures for my fridge, one being a rainbow.  Then, most wonderfully, a rainbow appeared in a light-leak for this portrait!

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The lovely pearls and bracelets that Kristen was wearing had belonged to her grandmother.  By the way, doesn’t she look like a Hollywood scarlet straight off the silver screen!?

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 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. -James 1:17

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(Fun Fact:  I asked Ruby to pretend she was holding a treasure in her hand.  When I asked her what it was, she whispered, “It’s a Ruby!”)

Please take a moment to look through Kristen VanDeventer Rice’s spectacular photographs.  She captures childlike wonder, joy, and beauty in her photographs!


  1. Aleah, you have such a talent for telling a story, both in words and with your porttraits. Thank you so much for this!

  2. These pictures are just breathtaking! I had the pleasure of having Kristen photograph my daughter’s senior photos last summer. They were incredible; she is so very talented and easy to work with. You are also an amazing photographer and I enjoyed the stories with the photos.

    • Thanks, Kristen is a wonderfully talented photographer, I’m so happy that we were able to work together!

  3. Out of the mouths of babes…Ruby innately knows how precious she is.You have captured a lovely moment.

    • Thank you, she really is absolutely precious!

  4. Your photo’s are so inspirational. They never fail to make me pause and think about what is going on in that story and what will happen next. Your photos have so much voice and beauty. Thank you for sharing them with the world! I really appreciate seeing something so magnificent. 🙂

    • Thank you Victoria! Causing someone to pause has always been something I hope to accomplish, I love creating imagery that slows someone down to consider the story and emotions!

  5. Kristen is a personal friend of mine. I am familiar with much of her journey to motherhood. The pictures capture such a tender love between the two. I am brought to tears as I write this because it is so incredibly beautiful.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Kristen and Ruby were a dream to photograph. I learned parts of their story throughout the process, every time Kristen explained more I was in awe by the beauty, vulnerability, and miracle’s hat had occurred.

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