My biggest challenge is balancing my work with my time with my boys. I work so that we can go on fun adventures, but sometimes they take a backseat to my work, and it kills me. I want to show them the importance of a strong work ethic as well as the importance of women who work, but I don't want them to ever feel like my work is more important than they are.
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Lately, I've been making a series of work focusing on motherhood that is presented through the lens of our work as mothers. We care for our children, we bath them, feed them, make healthy decisions for them, teach them the boundaries of the world, weather their storms with love. We are the touchstone for them in their early lives. I wanted to dig into that visually and have been *loving* the work coming from this idea.
I've met the most amazing open-hearted mamas to work with in this series, full of tender affection for their babes and an open approach to the experience of making this artwork. It's been such a joy to see mama's connecting to their littles in such natural ways. I am also loving the creative push with each new bathroom, tub, set of wild hearted babies and mama's vibes.
It's also so sweet and tender to see the after bath snuggles and kisses. The genuine interactions are pulling on my heart and pushing me to make this work even more.
For a little while I've been working on the motherhood sessions and I have to say I'm just dead in love with them. Maybe it's my own motherhood tinting my impressions, maybe it's because I'm meeting the most amazing mothers, maybe its because this project is just so honest, real and full of the complexity of mothering.
These portraits are some true hearts work; I love to see the joy and the bonds between moms and their children. The patience, the tears, the kisses, the cuddles and of course, the tubs!