letters to our daughters / may 2013

I’m back and today I wrote a letter to Lola. Her birthday letter. A few months belated.





Dear Lolita,

You are nine years old. You’ve actually been nine for almost three months now. How did nine years and almost three months fly by so quickly? We were watching some of your baby/toddler videos the other day and it felt like you were that age just yesterday. I think about the moment I first held you in my arms and my life was changed right in that very second. I then felt as if the world had stopped everywhere else and everything was happening right in front of me. There was nothing else but you. And now I just can not believe that was nine whole years ago. Nine years since you’ve changed my life and my heart forever. Nine years since I’ve learned a whole new side of me and found out about a huge extra room in my heart that I had no idea existed. Nine years since I met this amazing baby girl who was more than ready to get out and start living so passionately. I love you in a way that you will only understand when you have your own babies. I can’t go to bed every night if I don’t re-tuck you in and make sure you are still cozy. I wake up eager to see your sleepy face and your messy hair and ready to hear your voice saying “good morning Mamma”.

Life has been busy. So very busy and sometimes I feel like I don’t get to savor each moment like I actually want to. I want to stop the clock and be able to keep you this little for longer. This was your last single digit birthday. This won’t happen again so I better slow down. I promise I am, because I know the clock won’t and I want to be able to remember moments vividly and not like vague memories. I want to live in the present and stop rushing. I want moments like the ones we had last night a lot more often. I want them on a daily basis. Thank you for opening my eyes. I love you so so much and I know how much you love me.

Last night (on Thursday) I laid down with you and we cuddled until we were deep asleep. We got to talk and laugh and stayed up later than usual because there was no school the next day and we were just having so much fun together. I’m so happy for that moment. It was just so perfect for us. We needed it. We barely ever get one on one time at home and we both really enjoyed every second of it. You told me “Mamma, this is exactly what home feels to me”. It filled my heart but also broke it in a way because I know that you and I haven’t had many of those moment lately and nothing I want more for you than to feel that way because that’s the feeling of happiness. I felt that very way too and I will make sure we get to spend a lot more  one on one moments together because we both deserve it.

I wanted to write down some of your favorites now that you are nine.

Favorite color: Orange

Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese, Baby Ravioles, Sushi

Favorite things to do: Unicycling. You ride your blue unicycle to and from school every day, and when we get home you always eat something and ask to go back out so you can keep unicycling. You are so happy when you ride it!

You also love to make dance choreographies, Rock Climbing and Sewing. Every time I pick you up from sewing you have the biggest smile on your face and you tell me all about it without me having to ask.

You love to read, you love swimming, you LOVE playdates:)

Favorite singers: Taylor Swift & One Direction

You love your friends so much and they love you too!

Favorite desert: Homemade chocolate covered strawberries.

You adore your 3rd grade teacher

What do you want to be when you grow up?: An artist. A singer and dancer. A designer.


I love you so much, Lolita. I’m so happy to be your Mom. Thank you for loving me and teaching me so much every day.


Te amo,




 Continue the circle with the lovely Emma Wood.







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pati - May 25, 2013 - 8:29 am


Me da vértigo verla tan mayor. Qué señorita mas linda! Y qué bonito que registres estas memorias. Ella las disfrutara muchisimo a lo largo de su vida.

Cada vez que escribes y publicas algo nuevo, renuevo mis votos de amor ferviente por tu trabajo. Te admiro tanto Valeria!

Feliz finde :)

wendy - May 25, 2013 - 8:52 am

gorgeous through and through.. the girl, the images, the letter

Ana - May 25, 2013 - 8:56 am

So beautiful. The photography, the girl, and the sweet letter. We are in Texas but one day w would love for you to photograph our girls.

jess - May 25, 2013 - 10:56 am

your words and images are so beautiful and heartfelt. i live for those quiet one on one moments. so special :).

courtney - May 25, 2013 - 2:51 pm

love the images + your words … the favorites made me smile

Rachel (sesame ellis) - May 26, 2013 - 1:28 am

I made my way here tonight via a few friends in this blog round robin…what a beautiful images you have. I am so happy to have found your work.

Emma Wood - May 26, 2013 - 4:58 am

Such heartfelt words, such amazingly beautiful images, you never fail to inspire me and reading these letters is like seeing the world with fresh eyes. I adore them.

Kirsty - May 27, 2013 - 2:00 am

I love that you managed to have that time with her – it’s so hard to find sometimes, and I love that you treasured it enough to write about it and share with her how special the little things are – perfect words and images of the little things Val xx

Melissa Brandao - May 27, 2013 - 5:26 am

Your photographs are so inspiring… and this is a very good idea. My mom has written a diary, since she was pregnant until my 3 years old. She also took pictures. To mix these two things is very adorable. I am pretty sure (I tell this as a daughter) that your Lolita will be grateful in the future.

Thank you for sharing these amazing images.

amy grace - May 28, 2013 - 4:19 pm

val, these pictures do not even need a word. they come from the place where you love her deepest and longest. a girl who rides a unicycle, with otherworldly beauty, and knows what home is already…she is exquisite, like her mama.

patricia - May 29, 2013 - 2:03 pm

qué bonitas siempre las cartas…
pero aún así esas imágenes ya lo dicen todo
mis favoritas siempre esas tuyas que rozan el abstracto, el desenfoque de la segunda, esa mano en el mar, parecen nada y cuentan tanto
felicidades a Lola aunque sea con retraso 😉

Debbie Wibowo - May 30, 2013 - 5:28 am

Happy belated birthday, sweet Lola. Wishing you a beautiful life full of beautiful things.

Life with Kaishon - May 30, 2013 - 8:06 am

She likes sushi? I love her.

Robert Austin Fitch Photography NYC - May 31, 2013 - 8:51 pm

I suppose on some level I knew you’d be talented beyond your amazing photography…and sure enough, your words to your daughter (love letter really) brought tears to my eyes! Your photography and words are an absolute inspiration!
Cheers, Rob

shalonda - June 1, 2013 - 8:47 am

“i better slow down because i know the clock won’t” no more perfect words have ever been spoken…val i felt as if you were speaking right to my heart! i adore the wild abandon and quirk that you have captured of miss L and of NINE. you my friend are radiating brilliance. xoxo

Sara T - June 2, 2013 - 10:53 am

I am always just enthralled and taken with your images. I adore all the color and the way you capture her sweet whimsy. She is precious. That last one is TDF. I love that you marked all of her favorites. This is a definite when my girls have their birthdays. Thank you for sharing this amazing set.

barbara rozanski - June 7, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Vale, ver tus fotos y leer tus notas se volvieron de mis cosas favoritas de mis momentos de internet. Me impresiona lo igual que es Lola a vos cuando eras chiquita! Y me llena de orgullo conocerte y ver la hermosa persona en la que te convertiste. Siento que a traves de tus fotos, de tus hijas y de tus pensamientos te conozco un monton a pesar que hace años que no nos vemos.
Tus fotos son impresionantes y cada vez que veo tu pagina me inspira a sacarles fotos a mis hijos (por supuesto que mis fotos no pueden compararse con las tuyas!! Ojala algun dia puedas sacarles vos!!)
Te mando un beso y segui sacando fotos asi yo sigo inspirandome!!
Muchos Besos
Barbi Rozanski

Melissa Brandao - June 25, 2013 - 12:16 pm

I always cry when I read your letters! =)

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