“I feel incredibly blessed to have this specific time in the life of our family preserved by Rebecca’s beautiful photography. I recently had a light bulb moment about something I find so fascinating about this unique time in motherhood, when our preschooler and her one year old brother are really beginning to come into their own little personalities. My husband and I were conversing about how we each feel in moments of conflict with our strong willed three year old, and he told me of his guilt about feeling angry when she pushes the limits (to put it lightly). I thought for a minute, and while I do feel frustration with the amount of mental preparation and persuasion that go into completing the simplest of tasks, my overwhelming feeling in many of the tenser moments is awe.
It’s awe because I see qualities in her so different than any I’ve ever come close to having, and it blows me away. The shy introvert in me sees her confidence and bravery (often to a fault) in nearly every situation, and I can’t help but be impressed. When my role as her mother requires me to lovingly discipline her with my “mom voice,” the voice inside me often let’s out a secret “you go girl.” One of my greatest hopes as her mother is that I’ll be able to help her channel this amazing determination. That she’ll learn to use her confidence in herself to build up and encourage those around her and that her bravery and resolve will give her the ability to accomplish great things—even going to the moon, if that continues to be her goal. I realized from our conversation that part of my husband’s struggle stems from seeing so much of himself in her rebellious moments.
Our photographs capture the unmistakable physical resemblance between the two, but their similarities run so much deeper. And while it makes some moments that much harder, it also must contribute to the deep and loving connection I see between the two. Many of the traits I see in my daughter are the untamed versions of ones I’ve always admired in my husband, also my opposite in many ways. I hope that she can learn from his example, and that our differences as mother and daughter will grow to be complementary, as I see them play out in our marriage.
At 15 months, our son’s personality is starting to shine, and, while he’s a “good mix” physically, I like to claim him. Whether his nature will mirror mine, be like his dad and sister’s, or be something altogether different, we have yet to tell. Whoever he turns out to be, I can’t wait to see. I know he’ll be the perfect puzzle piece for our family—he already is.” Mary, Mother
“I’ve had the joy of photographing this wonderful family twice now, and each time I’ve been struck by a sense of calm. Mary Mitchell (the mother pictured) has a very soothing and sincere quality about her. Her gentle demeanor and gracious parenting style were so apparent as I watched her interact with her little ones, and her family’s love for each other seemed to spill out and unfold so perfectly in front of me. I was honored to capture this chapter for them to cling to for years to come.
Photographing mamas and their babies is tangibly fulfilling for me. It makes my heart burst a bit each time I capture a sweet moment for a mother, knowing that she’ll get to relive that moment over and over again. And whether it’s a light-filled moment of laughter, or a moment of quiet tenderness, I find joy in each of them. Because it’s in those spaces, in the sweetness and chaos of a mother’s world, that I see ordinary magic worth celebrating. And it’s in those spaces that I observe the fierce patience, love, and grace that it takes to be a mother.” Rebecca, Photographer