“I never pinned wedding dresses or cared about a wedding, I just dreamt about meeting the right person and being a mom. Motherhood did not come easy for me and I knew since I was 14 that I would struggle to have kids. After months of fertility treatments, two miscarriages and 2nd trimester complications I wanted to give up many times.
Fast forward and Demi Mabry is at our home photographing a family I only ever dreamed of, and never knew if I’d ever have. My son was 10 days old. They sent us home from the hospital with failed auditory tests on both ears and a positive test for a rare metabolic disease. Behind these photos I was devastated, the most stressed I’ve ever been in my life; doctors didn’t allow us to retest for two weeks. But I had my two babies and my husband and that’s all I needed in that moment. Whatever my sons fate was I would love him unconditionally.
Our son’s tests were both false positives and came back normal. And if they didn’t, it was OK. To all you quietly waiting to be a mom keep pushing, don’t give up, hold tight to those you love and accept support. To all you mamas, squeeze your babies and never take them for granted.” Ayat, Mother
“I love this sweet family. Ayat, the mother, and I first met when she modeled for a styled shoot I photographed. We became fast friends and I got to watch her and her family grow through her last pregnancy with Mason! I had no idea the struggles she was going through until she told me after she received the photos and disclosed how special they were given her circumstances that included infertility and miscarriages, plus medical concerns for her newborn son. In hindsight, knowing all of that made this entire session even sweeter. I even gained a little friend in her daughter, Ava, before the end of the shoot! What an honor to be trusted with photographing this time in her motherhood journey.
While watching my sisters become mothers, I’ve found absolute magic in motherhood that is so hard to put into words. It’s in the beautiful moments of feedings, a stroke of their cheek, or their little fingers wrapped around yours, but it’s also in the hard moments, too. The sleepless nights, silent struggles, and the physical pain of childbirth. Moms are actual superheroes that don’t get the same honor and praise the cartoon superheroes do. My perspective has changed so much through this journey and I constantly tell my mom what a gift she is to my sisters and me. As an adult, I’m able to more clearly see how sacrificial she was during my childhood.
Motherhood is truly a gift and I do believe, that even though it is a gift, it’s the hardest thing a woman will do on this earth. Photographing that transition, whether it be their first or adding another, is one of the highest honors I will ever receive. I’m watching a woman step into all that she never knew she was capable of.” Demi, Photographer