Day 73: Back to Motherhood

Hello from Arizona!!

Goodness it is HOT. I'm from Texas, and Atlanta gets pretty bad too, but it was already at 94 degrees yesterday and all I could think was "This is not the worst?" The time difference has been crazy. Our flight got in at 10:30 p.m. Arizona time, but it was actually 1:30 a.m. in Atlanta! The worst part is by the time we made it to our hotel to go to sleep it was close to 3 a.m. Atlanta time!

I won't go into the details of our "home" search yet -- but it's been pretty challenging. Fortunately, when I got online to check my e-mail, I had about 3 guest posts!! So thank you to those who are submitting -- you are SUCH a huge help. I'll be featuring one of them today :)

This one is from another mother, Stacy Warmack. She took me up on my daily challenge and I love it! I love when people push themselves, especially when it's something outside of their comfort zone. She said: "I have a son approximately the same age as Alexander. Here are some photos of my connection with him. As you mentioned in your post, this connection is very consuming, and it's about all that I seem to have pictures of. The first one: Ian is two months old. He and I are snuggling in the morning, and he is shown next to where he had been for so many months. The second one, we're on one of our first long walks as I discover that I can easily feed him wherever I need to."

Thank you Stacy :) And since we're talking about babies and I'm a fan of them.. here's a blurry but hilarious one of Alexander from the Easter shoot:

He is too good at that eyebrow raise. I got it a lot! What the heck is she doing on the grass with that big, black, box thing? [eyebrow raise]. Mom. Inspect this please.

Haha. If I don't melt away tomorrow, then I think I should be able to post before heading out to Atlanta. Night! :)

"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing." --Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987
To participate in my 100 day challenge, submit your photo representing your interpretation of "feminine" and about a paragraph describing your interpretation to -- Read more about it here.

Day 68: Your Other Soul

Today's post is from my session with Caitlin and her family. I took pictures of Alexander as a newborn and now I get to photograph him as an almost-1-year-old! Yes, almost, because on his actual birthday, this girl will be in Arizona. Dessert -- here I come!

But let me just throw out there, Alexander must have had something up his sleeve. He practiced. Because when I brought that camera out, he was practically flirting!

I'll talk more about the shoot when I post the full set. For now I want to focus on being a mother as my interpretation of "feminine" for today. The reason I call it "your other soul" is because watching how mothers post pictures of their children on facebook, the way they talk about them, and their expressions when I talk to them in person -- it's incredible. Their babies are literally their other soul -- or a piece of it.

I adore Alexander's excited face here. There's so many others that show this relationship between them even more, but I had to share this one first because I love how happy he looks! In fact, Alexander was pretty excited in a lot of the pictures. Don't you just want to catch him?! Maybe it's just my crazy obsession over babies, but I want to catch him, squoosh him (softly!), and kiss his little cheeks.

Anyway, I love motherhood. I have so many young friends with babies, and they talk about them with this admiring passion. The kind where chewing your toes, licking the mirror, brushing your teeth, and touching your poop is a new revelation of life. A combination of annoyance, humor, and a ridiculous amount of love. I know my baby will steal my heart when (s)he is in my tummy -- along with my sleep and waist line. Speaking of, my best friend is pregnant and she's having a boy :) So to all the mothers and soon-to-be-mothers -- this one is for you. Because I can't think of anyone else who finds immense happiness in little chubby finger prints.

"Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense." -Helen Rowland, marital muckraker
To participate in my 100 day challenge, submit your photo representing your interpretation of "feminine" and about a paragraph describing your interpretation to -- Read more about it here.

Day 18: Motherhood

Yikes!! I'm running a bit late today. I got out of salsa practice really late, had to eat dinner and shower, so I'm just now getting to my computer!

Since I am not a mother, I don't exactly walk across my living room and accidentally step on a lego. Though while on my walk around the neighborhood this week, I came across two pieces of evidence of children living in this home. At first I thought it would be pretty obvious when you walk by someone's yard whether they have kids -- but that's not always the case. This time, luckily, it was (and I wonder why they would think I'm a stalker).

OK, so the red balloon isn't an exact indicator of "children" living there (could have just been a great party!), but the little scooter is. And motherhood simply cannot be turned masculine. Period. Thus, it is more feminine than most of the elements I come across on a day to day basis. I know it is in my blood to be a mother because I've always been so naturally nurturing. When I was 7, I used to want one of those toy babies that peed. YES. I. did. I had the stroller, the clothes for her, and fake food. I just... needed her to pee! I figured that would make her almost real. Not so much for the pooping.

I'm not a mother... yet, so these are my current images. BUT, this will not be the last time I interpret "motherhood" -- maybe if certain mothers out there *cough*Sonja&Chelsea*cough* would like to send an image that represents motherhood, I can feature them ;)

Yes, I photograph babies often, but I won't cheat and use and old one. Though I'm quite tempted...

"I've got little feet because nothing grows in the shade." -Dolly Parton, shapely singer

shapely singer?! That's what the calendar says...

To participate in my 100 day challenge, submit your photo representing your interpretation of "feminine" and about a paragraph describing your interpretation to -- Read more about it here.