The older I get, the more and more I appreciate my mother. Without being a mother myself, it’s difficult to comprehend/fathom/imagine the love she has for her children (us). The sacrifices she made in her own life for the betterment of ours. The selflessness beyond imagination. My mother’s recent battle (and victory) with cancer, opened my eyes to the frailty of life. For the first time in my 3+ decades on this earth I grimly envisioned life without my mother and even the thought is unbearable. There were times during her diagnosis and subsequent treatment when I just broke down; uncontrollable. Our family dealt with another hardship when we lost my grandma in the fall. The matriarch. But all of these battles (normalcy in life) only further emphasize what my mother has endured and given me. Further emphasize the need for love and family. A bond between and mother and her child is so precious and deserves celebration. While I wish to celebrate my mother everyday of the year, I think it’s fitting that mothers everywhere (of all kinds) have one extra special day. (And, I realize this day is also difficult for those that wish to be mothers or maybe lost their mother. I’m thinking of you too.)
Phew. That was a lot for a little ol’ blog post.
When my friend, and fellow photographer, Rebeccah, asked me to photograph her and her daughter, as a Mother’s Day gift to herself, I jumped at the chance. I first warned her that I don’t really shoot this type of thing. :) But she assured me she trusted me, and it become quite clear that our visions aligned. We shot the entire mini session on film. No fuss, just easy and simple. Hugs, twirls, kisses, and splashing around on the water. I saw my own mother’s love in Rebeccah and her bond with her sweet baby, Eva. It made me realize I had photos like this with my own mother (because I think far too often, moms just aren’t in the photos). Rebeccah and Eva, I hope you love (and cherish) these images and they give a little glimpse of the love you share!