above portraits of  Nola, Sophia, Ayana and Kelly

 

We’re starting a new tradition here at Atrero Photography!

Bare with me for few minutes as I explained how this project came together. A few weeks ago we invited 5 incredible moms for a Mother’s Day Project – A Mommy and Me Portraiture. As parents of two young children, Ed and I always look at our two children, ages 10 and 7, as “our babies” even though they have grown up a little. I will always remember their first day into our world, the day I became a mother. Julien, making a pee shower at his mom as Dr. Washkowiak raised him to my eye level so I can see him while I lay on the maternity table and Amelie, red in the face, as she grasped and cried for her first breath of air.

*sigh* Parents, we all know time goes lighting fast! Just like you, we wanted to freeze/capture them before they grow too, too fast.

Our aim for the project was to do two things, first show the stronger than titanium bond between a mother and a child and secondly, preserve their 2017 selves with a portrait with mom to enjoy this Mother’s Day.

We asked them a few questions about motherhood and they have some great insights. Thank you for sharing your sweet words as we know it takes a village to raise a child and we all could learn from one another. And thank you all, I will step down from my soap box.

We had so much fun that we are launching our Mommy and Me Portrait this month of May!

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Susan and Sloane

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Nola, Sophia, Ayana and Kelly

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Basco, Rosa and Luciana

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Jenifer and Elliott

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Stephanie and Ellie

 

MOTHER: STEPHANIE

What is the best part about being a mom?
Being able to share my love with a new human, and of course–the hugs and snuggles.

What is one thing you never had that you want for your child?
A love for outdoors – I didn’t have this until later in my life, and hope she appreciates it as much as we do now.

In what ways do you think your child is like you (and not like you ) ?
Ways Ellie is like me: she is crazy and silly (in a good way) and already showing her independence at 18 months old; ways she is not like me (and more like her Dad): she is good about cleaning after her mess and closing cabinet doors.

What is the hardest thing about being a mom?
Spending time away from Ellie.

What advice would you give to a new mom?
Be kind — mostly to yourself. You’re going to make a lot of mistakes, and that’s okay. It’s all a learning process!

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Basco, Rosa and Luciana

 

 

MOTHER: ROSA

What is the best part about being a mom?
The unconditional love that you can give to your child/ren.

What is one thing you never had that you want for your child?
That is hard to say, I would like them to have more opportunities to explore, to travel around the world with the whole family.

In what ways do you think your child is like you (and not like you ) ?
I think each of them have their own individual personality although I might have influence them as far as being against “germs” and have them extra careful to be “clean”. Of course that is not always the case.
That, again, is hard to say. I think they are getting my bad habits (like extra caution against germs) and they are more easygoing than me (sometimes).

What is the hardest thing about being a mom?
The hardest thing would be to be 100% 24/7/365 responsible of your child/ren. I guess that eventually will change …. hopefully!

What advice would you give to a new mom?
My advice is to enjoy your child, to have fun with him/her, to spend value time as much as you can because they grow way too fast.

 

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MOTHER: JENIFER

What is the best part about being a mom?
I love watching my son grow, develop and take on new challenges. It’s amazing to watch him develop into the person he is. I also finally understand not only how much my own mom loves me, but how much she did for us growing up.

What is one thing you never had that you want for your child?
Regular summer vacations! My dad worked a lot while we were growing up, so we took very few true vacations (that didn’t involve sitting in the pits at a car or truck race).

In what ways do you think your child is like you (and not like you ) ?
I love that he likes to make things. It’s a fundamental part of my being so I love that he enjoys it, too. He is not the student I was, however. Haha. He takes after his dad in that one.

What is the hardest thing about being a mom?
Having to give so much of myself all the time. Being a mom is super rewarding, but it’s exhausting. Taking time for me has been critical to being able to keep up with it all.

What advice would you give to a new mom?
Listen to your gut. You know more instinctively about your kid than any book about someone else’s kid. If the popular book about sleep habits, discipline, or whatever, doesn’t feel right to you, don’t do it. Follow your heart. Every kid going off to college can sleep through the night and use the potty. You and your kid will be just fine! Oh, and give other moms a break. Let them make their own choices just like you are making yours. We could all use less mommy judgement.


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