To every mother that allowed us to point this big camera towards your darling smile, with your squirming wee ones in your laps and the summer heat scorching our skins...
thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
I didn't really have expectations for how this editorial style shoot would turn out, or what "Mothers of Austin" would look like, only that I left wanting to photograph more. There was only a vision to shoot much the same fashion as I had "People of SXSW", but we weren't dealing with just one person behind the lens, and the vulnerability of a mother and her children is so very different, even in dynamics, than a sole individual. Photographing the People of SXSW was the first sense of my "overcoming this fear of what people would think-- how would I feel-- what would the end result look like?"
This time, instead of shooting alone, I invited my incredible friend Kristen Roedner of Faux-Toes to shoot with me. It was lovely. We hung out by Zilker Park play scape, next to the yellow balloons, and in between the scattered families and braving the 90 degree heat, we shared souls. At the end of the day I remind myself that everyone that was supposed to be there, came. It was a lovely day and I'm honored to show you what Kristen and I saw:
In the spirit of giving, please feel free to right click and save your portraits.
If you do repost them on social media, please tag @inkedfingers @spreadsparkle and don't forget #mothersofaustin !
In this month of celebrating mothers, here's to you, every one of you amazing women that nurture, love, give and give and give of yourself to make the home what it is.
Happy (early) Mother's Day, Lovelies.