“Before having my son, though I was excited to be a mom, I found it hard not to dwell on the things I was giving up: my time, my body and my freedom, to name a few. As a photographer and business owner, I thrive in the excitement of being out in the world, seeing and being seen . Becoming a mom represented a likely threat to this lifestyle and, and I was unsure how I would fare. Now, only eight weeks in, I find myself blown away by the beauty and joy of motherhood. When my son smiles at me, there truly is no where else I’d rather be or anything else I’d rather be doing. Of course, my work is still a part of me, but I’ve found a new sense depth and peace in the simplicity of tending to this sweet boy. ” Ashley, Mother
“This session was neutral, modern, and minimalist. After months of home renovation and keeping the gender a surprise, Ashley & Kelsey Cox welcomed their sweet boy, Porter. I was honored to photograph this dear family, as Ashley is an incredible photographer herself. Our vision? Documenting the stillness and joy as they learned more and more of who their son is. They dreamt up his nursery with a gender neutral design, as they decided to not learn the gender of their child before he was born. Ashley was simply glowing in her new role as mother and it was a joy to watch this sweet family relish in all the change that had come their way…whether it be their sweet new child, the new renovations in their home or the whole new life they are creating together.
Ashley is a sweet friend of mine, but also a fellow photographer. She announced her pregnancy about 5 months after I announced mine, and it was such a treat to walk in the season of pregnancy together, and now motherhood. The Cox family had been renovating their home for the better part of the year, and most of the renovations were completed shortly before Porter arrived. So much exciting change in this season for them!
I’ve always found such joy in photographing motherhood, as I found the bond between mother and child something that continually left me speechless. Now that I’ve become a mother myself, I feel the need to photograph that bond even more so. It’s a bond and relationship that truly can’t be described, and it can be so different for each mother and child. After carrying a child and welcoming a child, your world is turned upside down in the most beautiful of ways. Being a mother is one of the hardest things (and not simply because of a lack of sleep an all the things you hear about…more so because your mind can be so consumed with your child, their needs, their happiness, etc.), yet I couldn’t imagine not being a mother now. I think mothers deserve to be celebrated for the never-ending love and care they continuously pour out…and being able to create photographs that a mother can come back to and cherish is such a gift! I know photographs of my daughter and I mean the world to me, and it’s a joy to give that to other mothers!” Amy, Photographer