On January 21st I had the honor of meeting and photographing 5 wonderful moms (and one Grandma) at my 2nd Celebration of Motherhood Mini Session event which took place at the gorgeous Merchant Room in Old Town Fort Collins. This magical place is located inside Walnut Creek – the historic P. Anderson Mercantile Co. building and is probably one of my favorite locations to shoot at. Beautiful light from the big windows, wonderful original hardwood floors, exposed brick walls…a photographer’s dream.
And yes that is right…these sessions were held on a random day in January – many weeks and days away from Mother’s Day.
While I also like having this event close to Mother’s Day, I feel like Motherhood needs to be celebrated any day of the year because let’s face it: being a Mom is hard!!
We are so often belittled (as in “oh you are ‘just’ a mom”), without rewards or recognition, without a break in the day or ever, with loads of judgement coming our way about how we do things and choose to raise our babies.
It’s been especially hard in this society with social media ruling everyone’s life, showing off fake happiness and handing out judgement like it’s the Sunday paper.
You can’t do it right these days and everybody has an opinion!
If you stay home with your baby you are lazy and just a stay-at-home-mom…I mean what are you doing all day anyway??
If you go back to work – whether you want to or have to – you are selfish and neglect your poor children. How dare you!!
If you breastfeed you are a hippie and better make sure nobody sees your breast when you feed your baby because the female nipple is just really scary and can’t be seen in public.
If you formula feed (again whether you want to or need to) sometimes that’s not even a choice – you are pretty much poisoning your baby with that evil stuff.
If you give your kids spinach and kale you are the devil.
If you give your kids cheetos you are still the devil.
!You get my point…
It is easy to judge a person, but we do not walk in their shoes and we don’t know what their situation is. It is therefore, none of our business nor our place to pass judgment. We can, however, offer kind words of encouragement that come from our hearts with good intentions. Remember, a hug can go a long way.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them” – Mother Theresa
Motherhood is tough…
Motherhood is difficult…
Motherhood is exhausting…
…and we ALL go through it – openly or hiding in the shadows.
Let’s be kind to one another and accept the ways we choose to raise our babies.
Motherhood is also beautiful, fulfilling and special and I believe that every single Mama is a freaking Rockstar who deserves to let her hair down and be celebrated – every single day!!
It is our most important and precious ‘job’ that we will ever be responsible for. Love is our pay, hugs and smooches are our rewards. Our kid’s accomplishments are the recognition we crave. Our bonds with other moms and generations are our village, which we use to shield ourselves from judgement and raise our children in.
If you have ever talked to me about photography you know I love love love photographing families. Being able to document the dynamic and essence of a family brings me so much joy.
BUT my passion of photographing anything to do with Motherhood is deep and intense. It is only growing as I dive deeper into it.
Fully recharged and inspired by the first round of Celebration of Motherhood sessions in May last year, I couldn’t wait to do these again! I am already super excited for Part III of my Celebration of Motherhood event coming back in May!
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