“We welcomed our sweet baby June into our family this summer. Knowing that she would be the baby to complete our family has made us incredibly nostalgic about this phase of life. Madison came and photographed us all together when June was only five days old. She brought with her the most calming presence, a much-needed quality as she was able to calm the three older siblings, all under six years old, and draw out the sweetest interactions between each family member and baby June. She soothed my newborn, reassured my older children, and helped me to relax through it all. The session itself was truly enjoyable and every image from it feels like such a gift–a tangible, long-lasting gift that I can forever look at and remember the love that filled our home when our sweet June was finally here.
While I always imagined myself as a mother, my entrance into motherhood felt anything but natural. I felt the weight of this new life needing me, all of me, and wondering how I could ever be enough or have enough energy to meet all her needs. I struggled with nursing and sleeping. I struggled with finding my confidence and my new normal. Each early day felt incredibly long, but now six years later I find myself doing motherhood tasks naturally that once felt so difficult. I have learned that motherhood takes practice, it takes work, it takes trial and error, it takes humility and it takes patience. Motherhood is the ultimate refiner’s fire and while I am not out of the refining process yet, I can already see the sweet results of the work. I am so grateful for this role–it is one that I feel wholly inadequate to fill most days and yet I am grateful that I get to try.” Caroline, Mother
“As a mom to three little ones, I know how crazy life can be and how quickly, yet slowly, it can pass by. Motherhood has been a struggle for me at times. Documenting other mothers, learning from them, and seeing the endurance women have with the daily tasks of motherhood along with their tenderness and love inspires me to be a better mother when I go home to my own children. I am so very grateful for others being willing to step in front of my lens and into my life! The mother in these images has been someone I’ve looked up to for the 3 years I’ve known her. She is kind, loving and soft-spoken to her children. I was so happy to be able to capture the essence of who she is as a mother when she welcomed her last baby into their family. Her older children were so excited to show me their new baby and once again I was amazed at how calm she is in the midst of chaos. Even in the chaos, you can feel how much love and joy there is in their home. Her soft strength is where I drew my inspiration from. I spent our session trying to create images that would convey a sweet calm, but also the strength it takes to master that skill. It is something I work towards every day as a mother.” Madison, Photographer