#thisismotherhood - What I've learned so far | Spring Hill, TN Family Photographer

May 12, 2015  •  5 Comments

When I had the idea to do the #thisismotherhood photo project, I just thought it would be something to work on to sharpen my photography skills and keep me working on something creative.  I had about 10 friends in mind who I knew would do it, just because I asked them to and they generally humor me.  I thought it would end there.  I wasn't exactly sure how it would work. I had my best friend, Adina, go first and I kind of told her what to say....not that I put words in her mouth, but I asked her to repeat something she'd said to me in the past.  Then a couple of my other friends said they'd love to participate, but they didn't know what to say. I was confident that everyone has something to say, but to help them, I came up with a few prompts. 

I've been blown away by people's reaction to this project.  So many women have asked or agreed to be in it....some of them are even strangers to me.  So far, I've posted 23 photos and I have more ready to post and others in the works.  I try to only post one or two a day so each story gets the attention in deserves. 

There are a few things I've learned along the past few weeks working on this project, and I thought maybe I'd take the time to share them.  

  • Photographing toddlers is easy peasy, as my six year old would say.  Toddlers are what I'm good at...the kind who don't sit still and their mommy thinks there is no way to get a good picture.  I can do that.  Photographing women is HARD.  Toddlers think they are awesome.  Women don't know they are awesome.  I have to somehow convince them.  That's HARD.  
  • All the women easily embrace the beauty of all the other portraits but they often fail to see the beauty in their own portrait.  In the pictures of the other women, they see grace, beauty, strength, and love.  In their own pictures they see double chins, laugh lines and crows feet.  I'm still working on learning how to get mothers to see themselves the way their children and loved ones see them. 
  • About half the women I have photographed claimed that they didn't have a story to tell.  They were all 100% wrong.  We all have a story to tell.  I truly believe that each of the stories so far has touched someone, whether we know it or not.  I saw a comment on one of the post from a mother who had been considering giving up pursuing her degree until she read Andrea's story and it gave her the push she needed to keep going.  We all have a story to tell, and these stories remind us that we are not alone.
  • Here is the biggest thing I've learned, and it's honestly what's gotten me through the past week (which has been full of watching some friends go through some really really tough stuff).  MOTHERS ARE STRONG.  I am positive that there is no greater strength on this earth greater than that of a mother.  I've met some mothers these past few weeks that give a whole new definition to the word strength, and I've seen it first hand in the mothers I know personally.  Sometimes it's easy to forget how strong we are and we need a reminder.  This project has been my reminder.  I hope it's yours too.  

The stories of each mother can be found by clicking on "Visit Gallery" in the slideshow above or by visiting the #thisismotherhood Facebook album.  If you are interested in being part of my #thisismotherhood project, just contact me through Facebook or email and we will set up a time to meet.  A few people have asked if there is a charge...there is not.  I do ask that if you enjoy the project that you like my Facebook page and/or recommend it to friends.  I specialize in birth and family photography and would love to book a session with you. 


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Crystal Freemon Photography, Spring Hill TN Family Portrait PhotographerCrystal Freemon Photography, Spring Hill TN Family Portrait Photographer

Hi, friends!  Welcome to my blog! I’m an engineer turned family photographer, obsessed with chasing light and capturing real moments. I believe family portrait sessions should be fun! I’m a hockey mom, Predators fan & retired PTO president.  I picked up the camera when my youngest was a baby and fell in love with documenting our life as a family. Don't wait to book a session to capture your family's special memories today! 


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