Thanks to social media sites like Facebook it’s very difficult to miss important dates like Mother’s Day. For the last few days my Facebook feed has been overwhelmingly emotional with sentimental posts and photos about motherhood. Even without the crutch of the internet I wouldn’t be able to escape the wonderful feelings and sorrow that surround this day. Madchen has been directly involved for the eighth year in a row photographing our Mother’s Day sessions. We photographed 35 amazing mothers this year with amazing children and sometimes even got to meet their amazing grandmothers. I want to thank each and everyone of my clients who came out to celebrate this generational rite of passage that we call motherhood. It’s important to know that even when we don’t feel in the appropriate shape emotionally or physically to get our portraits done, to our children we are still one of the most beautiful people they know. Time goes by quickly and these moments you can’t get back, but you can relive the memory much easier when you see it on your wall. There are also those of us who are less fortunate and the current portraits that they have with their mother will be the last ones.
I am one of the ones that do not have a professional portrait of just my mother and I.
I was very blessed this year to have my mother help me prepare and photograph most of the Mother’s Day sessions this year. Daily she would ask when she could help next. I never ever had to ask her….she knew that her help would be appreciated and I loved sharing every moment of what I do with her. This experience this year, working side by side, capturing forever this special bond, has made us both realize that we need to get this portrait done. I was able to get family portraits of us all a few years ago, but we both know that’s not enough. I want a photo of just her and I, and I need to get a photo of her and each of her grandchildren.
I needed my mom when I was little. I needed her when I was a horrible teenager. I needed her when my babies were little and I needed sleep and advice. And…I need her now, but the funny thing is…she knows where she is needed more than I do.
My husband no longer has this luxury as he lost his mom in December. My heart weeps for him and I know that I am still very lucky to be able to have the opportunity for more photos with mine. The photos that we have of his mother and her children and grandchildren grow more precious every day.
I have many clients as well who wear two hats on Mother’s Day. Clients who while celebrating with their children and still honouring and remembering the mother who is now gone but who made them who they are today. I salute your courage and your path. You know more than most just how irreplaceable your job as mom really is.
And please remember….Even when your house is a mess, dishes in the sink, your teenager thinks you are terrible, you smell like spit up and can’t remember when you have had more than 6 hours sleep…that you are LOVED…unconditionally.