“I had a vision of a minimalistic and intimate maternity session. My desire was for these portraits to be reminiscent of a watercolor painting; something timeless, soft, and warm, with the focus remaining on the mother herself and not distracted by a glamorous gown or even the posing itself.
I reached out to Hannah specifically, as I felt she would be the perfect fit for the vision I had in mind. The date that I had selected for this session ended up falling on her 30th birthday, so this made for a perfect way to celebrate a new decade and chapter for her. I enjoyed spending the morning with her as we chatted about home decor, the nursery, and the various trials and feelings about pregnancy. When I mentioned that pregnancy hadn’t been a particularly enjoyable experience for me, Hannah confided that she shared similar feelings. I think this conversation further developed my vision of creating images that embodied a feminine yet minimalistic feel, showcasing the natural beauty of pregnancy that exists even when the mother herself isn’t necessarily feeling it at the time.
The most fulfilling part about photographing motherhood has been the privilege of hearing the stories of each mother’s journey to (and through) motherhood. No two stories are ever the same, but each one goes through this huge, life-changing experience and emerges as an entirely new person by the end of their baby’s first year.
Every challenge, every heartbreak, every milestone and proud moment transforms her into this completely new being who is discovering something about herself with each new day. The pregnant mother filled with anticipation is not the same as the nervous first-time mom cradling her newborn, and she is not the same mother as the more confident preschool mom.
As the years pass, we grow further away from the person we used to be but closer to who we are meant to be. Bearing witness to this journey and being able to preserve these memories for new moms, in each version of herself, is the greatest gift.” Erin, Photographer