To all the mothers, mums, moms, grannies, grandmas, nannnies and nans, happy mother’s day. You wonderful lot.
To all the mums-in-waiting, to those that know they have the love to give, but no one yet to pour it into, happy mother’s day to you too. Please don’t be heartbroken today.
Because you can get there. It is possible. I promise that it is possible. But I can only imagine how tough it is for you whilst you wait.
I don’t believe in miracles. But I do believe in wonders. I’ve met one.
She was born last year and they called her Molly Wonder. “Because she is a wonder after all,” her mum said. I smile every time I remember she is here. Every time I think of her, how happy she’s made her proud parents, I grin.
Molly’s prologue isn’t short or straightforward and IVF played a helping hand in her beginning. Rosie and her husband are busy writing that story themselves, so when it’s ready for you to soak up, laugh and cry over, I’ll be telling you how to get hold of it.
I published Rosie’s maternity portraits this week and people said how beautiful she looked, they noticed how she glowed. I think that’s because there was a light inside her.
The light arrived. With ten fingers, and ten tiny toes.
Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Even the most natural things take a little work. And Rosie wanted to do the work necessary so that she could enjoy breastfeeding Molly. It was important to her to have that experience with her baby, to bond, to spend that time together.
I got to capture it for them both, this incredible time in both their lives, which can be so fleeting and all the more special because of that. And like any self-respecting baby who knows her own mind and is determined, Molly found just the right position for her.
Breastfeeding can be a sleepy affair, full of soothing and sweet gulps and soft whispers. Or it can be a wide awake affair, staring into your baby’s eyes, thinking about what they’re thinking about, feeling how much they are loved.
And if you are lucky, a little patient, and a bit determined yourself you can be in just the right place to photograph the complete connection between them – eyes locked, head held, smile beaming down.
And maybe even the wide awake feeds become the heavy-lidded, snoozy ones after a while.
Molly Wonder finishes. Both sides.
Then she fixes me with a quizzical look, pouts slightly and seems a touch annoyed that it’s all over. So Rosie wraps her up in love.
Which did the trick, because Molly then slept in the pub for two whole hours whilst we feasted on possibly the best burger I’ve ever eaten. And I’ve eaten one or two. Rosie has a hungry baby to breastfeed. I don’t have that excuse. Just a healthy dose of good old fashioned greed.
Inspired by the MILK project I photographed, Rosie and the magnificent Molly Wonder are the first mother and baby duo to be photographed for my new breastfeeding portrait sessions. I’m VERY excited about them. This year, I’m offering a unique portrait package that captures this fleeting period of early motherhood.
I understand what an achievement it is for you to breastfeed. I know how much you treasure the time spent with your baby, so why not create something beautiful and tangible to remember it with. You’ll love these images. Rosie does.
I’d love to help you celebrate this very special time with your baby, so if you’d like to learn more about a Milk session, just get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you all the information you’ll need.