Mothers & Daughters – Past and Present
The love shared between a mother, and her daughter knows no boundaries. Theirs is a unique bond that has stood the test of time. Mothers, women in general, have come a long way throughout history. We can’t imagine the hardships our ancestors endured, but we can imagine the lives of mothers in more recent times. With Mother’s Day around the corner, we wanted to capture what those moments may have looked like, not wanting to do just ordinary modern portraits. We hope these glimpses of mothers and daughters will stir thoughts and memories inspiring you to continue the legacies of those before you. So here’s to mothers and their daughters everywhere with love from us on Mother’s Day!
“Mothers and Daughters Past and Present” was the product of creative minds brainstorming over a lunch of hummus and pita (thanks Neomonde!). Photographer Chris Nieto, makeup artist Ashley Bromirski and hair stylist Cheri’ Leathers chose the quaint town of Apex, NC as their backdrop selecting locations to best represent each chosen decade. Staying within the town, selecting wardrobe for each era, and photographing in a style that best represented each decade were the big challenges. Photographer Chris Nieto’s goal was to give each image the natural appearance of aging as if the viewer were perusing through the decades of a classic family photo album.
Traveling / Out On The Town
Set in the centerpiece of the Apex Historic District, the Apex Union Depot made the perfect backdrop for this mother and daughter in their best dress as they appear to be ready for travel. Simply stated hair and makeup with pink cheeks and Shirley Temple curls for the daughter and softly pinned hair with a touch of lip color for the mother.
All in a Day
Capturing farm life but not just in black & white. We wanted a hand painted look with this mother and daughter. This set was shot at a private home in downtown Apex.
Large families were normal and everyone was expected to do their part. Here we see a mother and daughter walking in their garden most likely wearing home-sewn clothes or even hand-me-downs. No STITCH FIX service here!
With the free love movement of the 1960s, we wanted to capture the “hippie” mother and daughter in an open air nature setting with flowers. This was shot on a very hot summer afternoon on a private farm in Apex. The hair and makeup was kept simple with a focus on natural long hair and healthy, glowing skin.
We couldn’t resist paying tribute to the infamous mall glamour shots with all their big hair and loud makeup glory. This series was shot in a private Apex home using an electric blue backdrop for that extra pop of color. Our glamorous “mom” her is local Apex real-estate agent Michelle Congleton Smith Society Realty Group.
Crimped hair, brightly colored makeup, flashy clothes, crazy nails, and the “wallet” size prints say it all! Who wouldn’t want to spend mother’s day at the mall?
Grunge & Buisness
A nod to the working mom juggling her career and a teenage daughter. Set on the streets of downtown Apex, a town officially added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1994.
Slicked back power hair and dramatic makeup for mom and typical grunge hair and makeup for daughter. These images were shot on a disposable camera to keep a little of the authenticity of the 1990s.
Fitness & Selfie
What better place to enjoy the outdoors than Jaycee Park in Apex. Kristin Zwahr and her daughters are Apex residents and Kristin is a real-estate agent with Premier Carolina Realty. Strolling around the park with her girls, this mother uses a selfie stick to document their time together (these images would certainly be posted on social media). Mom’s naturally curly locks were diffused and makeup was kept soft and fresh. Daughters each got a colorful streak and fun hairstyles. Makeup was candy-inspired lips and cheeks.
Your Mother’s Day Portrait Artist
I’ve been behind the hairstylist’s chair since 1996. First traveling as a color educator, then opening a day spa before finally choosing a studio just for myself. Through my experiences I learned what I love most is working one on one with clients helping them to achieve their best hair day every day. And yes, I’m a proud naturally curly red head!
Ashley Bromirski – Makeup Artist
From a young age, becoming a professional artist/illustrator was always a dream of Ashley’s until she realized her true passion as a makeup artist working with what she refers to as talking canvases. “My goal as an artist is to get to know my client’s personality/lifestyle and create the perfect look for whatever the occasion giving them the confidence that they will look and feel their best!”. With her flawless attention to detail and vibrant personality Ashley stays quite in demand both in the Raleigh & surrounding areas as well as in the high country of Boone, Blowing Rock, and Banner Elk. When she’s not painting faces, Ashley enjoys life with her husband, their daughter, and red fox lab.