A sweet motherhood session featuring Sia and her son, and her boyfriend Nolan. We are grateful that she shared her story with us below, and send them all the best as they grow a new family together!
from the photographer: “This session celebrates the love and bond that mothers share with their children. I really wanted to capture the joyful relationship between Sia and her son, Cyrus. There are so many elements to this session that feel joyful to me, including: the playful energy between Sia and her son, as well as the beautiful spring color palette used to style this session. Sia’s seafoam blue summer dress was paired with a bouquet filled with yellow blooms that radiate like sunshine. The soft, warm light of golden hour wrapped around us like a big hug. It was truly such a carefree and happy evening documenting this family.”
“Sia is a strong mother who raised Cyrus as a single parent. I wanted this photoshoot to celebrate her role as a strong mother and independent woman, as well as capture the loving and playful bond she shares with her son. She is now dating Nolan- a man who adores her and Cyrus. He is very involved in Cyrus’s life and is a wonderful role model. I wanted this photoshoot to celebrate their family- and show that families come in all different shapes, sizes, and color.” Jenny Jean
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
We met each other through online dating. My first impression of Nolan was that he was a bit timid, shy, and a little bit awkward! When Nolan first met me he thought that I didn’t know what time was because I was late for the date. Despite that he thought I was very attractive and way out of his league!
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
As we know, with online dating sometimes the person you think you’re talking to doesn’t meet the expectations set by their photos online. On our first date while Nolan was waiting for me to arrive, he was sitting in a booth at the bar when he saw another lady walk in. He mistook her for me and started talking to her! After some awkward conversation, a knocked over drink, and her asking him to leave, he finally figured out he wasn’t talking to me!
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
I’ll shift focus for this question and talk about what I’ve learned from my son, Cyrus. Motherhood has taught me so much about myself. My son has shown me what unconditional love is. Motherhood plays a huge role in who I am today. When I found out I was going to become a mother I was still a teen and wanted to do things every other teenager is doing but knowing I had the responsibility of caring for another I matured quickly to provide a better life for my child. To achieve this I went back to school to further my education, ended an unhealthy relationship, and even went to parenting classes. The 19-year old me prayed every day that this would not be my reality- but looking back I wish I could have told my younger self that it gets better. That the unconditional love, the little moments where you share a smile with your child, and even in the tough moments of motherhood- that it’s all worth it. Navigating motherhood during a pandemic has been stressful. I never thought I would have to teach my 6 year old how to be computer literate so he could attend his classes online. Working full-time while also finishing my schooling and raising my son was stressful prior to the pandemic, but now it has become even harder. But with anything else in life I’ve learned to cope and find joy in the journey. Me and my son have taken this opportunity to enjoy more quality time together and enjoy doing more outdoor activities. I sometimes joke that by the end of this pandemic I am going to be a supermom!
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Sia: My favourite thing about Nolan is how he is the polar opposite of me- he helps balance me out in the best ways.
Nolan: My favourite thing about Sia is her ability to brighten my mood. She is such an outgoing person and she never fails to make me smile.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
If someone is perfect 80% of the time then overlooking the 20% of imperfection WORTH it. No one is perfect, after all. Focus on each others strengths and give each other grace in your relationship as two imperfect people navigating life together.