WHERE DO I even begin??? Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the honor of taking portraits of mothers and their children. Now I use the word honor for good reasons. First, it was an honor to just be able to go out and take any pictures. This virus has taken away so much from our lives. The fact that I had the time, the ability and that me nor any of my family members were sick, was such a blessing. So yes, being able to go out and enjoy that time was an honor. During this time, I have been trying to find the good in every situation and be grateful for my personal situation. Not everyone has been as fortunate during this pandemic.
A quote that I hold close to me as a photographer, was said by a noted fashion photographer; Nigel Barker. "For someone to trust in you and let you take their picture, is a privilege." It's true and it's not just a privilege, it's an honor. Every mother that I photographed was different. They have their own story, their own style, their own way of parenting. The diversity of them all was truly beautiful. One thing I love about being a photographer is getting to capture the world's diversity. They are all so diverse and yet, without even knowing it, they were all united. These women are STRONG. Being a mother looks different to each and every one of them, but gosh are they strong in the process of it.
They have all felt struggle, hardships, loss, in their own ways. Yet when it's time to play in the sunshine with their babies, they ALL radiated strong motherly joy.
Some of these women are new to the world of Motherhood. Some, not their first rodeo. Some are married while others are incredibly single mothers. They all are an inspiration to me though. As a mother myself, one thing I try to teach my children is inner strength. I would never want them to feel pain or loss but I direct my attention more to what happens when we do fall instead of trying to keep them from falling. We will all fail at some point in our lives. Life will knock us down in the midst of our best efforts. What's important is WHAT we do when we fall. I want my children to be strong so they not only know but can RISE when they fall. I want my children to grow to be strong like these women.
These women are standing after storms in their life. So believe me when I say it was an absolute HONOR to capture them, in their strength, when the world is at a time of weakness.
I am told thank you after shoots by many families. "Thank you for doing this", "Thank you for taking our pictures". Honestly though, I should be thanking you! Thank you for letting me take your pictures. Thank you for sharing a part of your life, your story. Thank you for letting me take a bit of your story and put it out for the world to see. Most importantly, thank you for modeling such inner strength and being amazing mothers.
Here is a little preview of some of the amazing mothers I captured recently. I cannot wait to capture more amazing mothers throughout this year!