Aug 18, 2014

New Series: #MomsWhoShine Bri Mason from Life on Paper

#MomsWhoShine is a series about Metro Detroit Moms who have some kind of talent.  The series was inspired by Dad of Divas Dads in the Limelight.  

Bri Mason is a very talented photographer and owner of Life on Paper Photography.  

Tell me about yourself.   Hi!  I’m Bri – Momma, Wife, Daughter and Friend.  I find it hard to tell you about myself, so I will share with you how some of my friends would describe me:   Upbeat, Supportive, Inspiring, Sassy, Talented, and Funny.  (personally I find myself very funny)  

Tell me about your family.  My husband Kevin and I have been married for 7 years and we have two adorable little girls.  Olivia, age 5.5 is starting First Grade this year and Sydnee will be entering 3 year old Preschool.   My husband is a Manufacturing Engineer Supervisor for a company in Whitmore Lake.  Along with being a Full-Time Mommy, I am a photographer at [lifeonpaper] Photography by Bri Mason.  (  I am originally from the Downriver area, and currently live in Canton.   We are a crazy busy family that has their plate full most of the time.

What is a normal day in your home like?   Being that I am a night Owl, it’s not the easiest thing for me to get up in the morning.  But my little one gets up around 7:30-8am and my older daughter will get up around 8-8:30am.  During the school year, it seems like utter chaos for about an hour in the house.  One the girls are off at school, I will grocery shop, edit some work, go to the gym, and sometimes I sneak in a nap!  (shh! Don’t tell anyone!)  In the evening, we have dance class to attend once a week and the girls will also be doing swimming this Fall.  Dinner and then Bed.  Nothing too crazy for us.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a mom?   Being able to watch these two little girls grow up into little people is still the most rewarding thing about being a Mom.  Feeling success through them and sharing in their achievements makes my heart happy.

What is your biggest challenge of being a parent?   Hands down the biggest challenge is trying to keep everyone happy with a very full plate.  Being a Mom is a full-time job in it’s own, add on top of that my business, my husband and his side business, and keeping up the house – well the house comes last because not only do I hate cleaning – but I hate cleaning up 100x a day behind the kids.

Did Bri Mention she LOVES the Backstreet Boys?
How do you find balance between being a mom, working and having time for yourself?   For the past two years I have been a part of an amazing group of women – my MOPS group.   They let me be me and accept me for who I am.  We meet twice a month, have nights out, and play dates very frequently.   MOPS keeps me sane and keeps my life balanced.

What are some of the lessons you've learned since becoming a Mom?  You have to do what is right for you and go with your gut.  No one is perfect or has the perfect life.   Having kids is all about survival.

What advice would you give to other moms?  Stay true to who you are and do what works for you and your family.  There is no right or wrong way to be a parent.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help if it’s needed.  And try not to fall into the trap of Mommy Drama.  

Thank you Bri for taking the time to answer our questions:)

Have a question for Bri?  Please leave a comment below and I will make sure I forward it to her!  

Are you a Mom Who Shines or know a mom who would be great for this series?  Email me their contact info at 

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  1. Thank you for sharing! You are an inspiration Bri! You do wonderful work and are a great mom!

  2. Bri amazed me every time we have a photo shoot with her. Her patience is amazing and she captures every moment. She is a wonderful mother and I feel blessed to call her a friend!

  3. Bri mentored me in newborn photography and she was a wonderful teacher. She is so very talented and, clearly, an awesome mother. :D