One of the specialties—and very special talents—of San Francisco–based photography duo Ashley Thompson and Ana Homonnay is photographing kids and teens. In these shots for Mother Mag, Sterling Bank & Trust, and BarbCo Real Estate, the clients wanted real moments of tenderness and connection—a dream assignment for Ash and Ana. As real-life moms themselves, they bring empathy and connection to every step of the process, often choosing to cast real families and photograph them in their natural environments. Rather than posing people or staging situations, they like to start with what’s familiar—a playful pet, a song, a meal, a parent telling a story—and then step back and let things happen spontaneously. It’s when the subjects barely even realize they’re being photographed that the real magic begins. And that’s why the beautiful bond between mother and child feels so authentic in these images. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!