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Just before I left Toronto, I met a beautiful new client Ruth. She had come in for a shoot to update her head shots for her coaching business, and mentioned afterwards that she would love to have a mother and daughter session with her mum.

It was such a special shoot, Rachel is in her late 80’s and is so vibrant and sassy. There was a lot of laughter, stories and fun during the shoot, and we sat and chatted for a while afterwards.

Watching the connection between Ruth and Rachel was such a joy and I felt really honoured to be part of it.

Black and white portrait of an elderly woman with her adult daughter smiling at each other during a mother and daughter session by by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

This is one of the parts of my job that I absolutely love, where you become really bonded through the process of the shoot and really share the time and space together.
Ruth had asked that this be a black and white shoot, and specifically to have an image that showed their hands.

Black and white photo of a woman holding her elderly mothers hand between her own during a mother and daughter session by by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

I am so glad I had the opportunity to capture these images for Ruth and Rachel, and that these will be something that they will both treasure for many years to come.

To see another mother and daughter session, check out this post about Sivan’s portraits with Mum Sharon.

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Jenn · October 19, 2016 at 21:08

I love this in black and white – and the connection between the two of them that you captured in that glance 🙂

Shannon Quayle · October 19, 2016 at 19:59

I feel the black and white adds so much to the photographs. I really feel the love and the bond the mom and daughter share and you can see the connection with their eyes. I did a very basic hand photo of the hands of my nana, my mom and I when I was a teen and it is a photo I will always treasure. So lovely that you created this memory for this family.

    photographybyangelamcconnell · October 21, 2016 at 11:14

    Thanks Shannon – and yes it is so important to have images that family can love and cherish for years to come.

photographybyangelamcconnell · October 19, 2016 at 14:35

Thanks Jenn – it was such an honour to be part of and record their relationship.

monashee · October 19, 2016 at 14:07

These are so special Angela! I love the shot of their hands, and the way they look at one another. I love a good black & white.

    photographybyangelamcconnell · October 19, 2016 at 14:09

    Thanks Monashee – it really was such a joyful session. There were so many more photos that I would have loved to share as Ruth and Rachel’s relationship is so touching to witness.

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