Stephanie Tetreault + The Story Behind

With Mother’s Day just a hop skip and a jump away, we knew you’d love this gorgeous mother-daughter photo from Roseville, California’s Stephanie Tetreault. If you have ever been lucky enough to browse Stephanie’s work, you’d know that it is evident that she has a way with photographing the role of parenthood beautifully, but especially the bond between mothers and their children. Every mom deserves a photo this stunning to look back on as the years catch up and lucky for us, Stephanie walked us through the details behind this very shot.

Can you tell us “The Story Behind” this shot?

My absolute favorite moments to capture are the in between moments that tell the story of raw connection between mother and child. Being a mama myself I crave these moments like a crazy drug and am completely powerless to the effect they have on me. We live this life that sometimes can seem monotonous. We are the caretakers of these little beings yet we get lost in the day to day so often times. How do we keep grounded? How do we feel enough? I for one feel like when I see the stripped down moments in between, they remind me to see the power in those moments a little better. The simple is what we yearn for but the demands of today are unreal. When I can remind myself just before a session to pull this feeling, I am always able to depict it. I have so many beautiful memories of my mother from when I was a child. I can still feel those moments of me reaching up to grab her hand and I so badly wish I could have an image to hang on the wall to see daily of this. Instead it lives in my head only but will always be my compass as a daughter, a woman and mother. This is the story of motherhood…………..

DSLR, iPhone, instant or film?

Nikon D750, Sigma Art 24mm

What were your camera settings for this image?

ISO: 200
Aperture: 1.6
Shutter: 1/2000

What speaks to you about this image? What specifically made you press the shutter?

The effortless gesture of mother leading child, the gorgeous ray of sunshine beaming in on her daughter as if painted there to remind us how she lights the world, the movement of her mother’s skirt as she shifts through the frame is as if she’s this whimsical character.

Did you have any lighting challenges/How did you light the image?

Backlit at golden hour which is my jam.

Did you use any special techniques – freelensing, prism, etc?


Did you use a preset to edit this image, your own selective edits or a combination of both?

Smal Presets from Sven Malojlo.

Thank you Stephanie for sharing your inspiration behind this image with us and our readers. Stephanie of Sweet Beginnings Photography can be found at: