Today is Nico’s birthday. Happy birthday, little one. This blog has taken all year. It’s taken all year because it’s very close to my heart, and anything that dear takes time to put into words. I’m sharing with you one of my very favorite portrait sessions I’ve ever done.
This is close to my heart because of 2 things. The first is that these images are of my dear friend Rosie whom I’ve grown to love, and second is that nursing is something I believe is the greatest gift given to a mother right behind carrying a baby and giving birth.
Rosie and I met 2 years ago at a photography workshop, her bright personality attracted me to her and over time we have seen each other through numerous peaks and valleys of life. I see Rosie. I’ve seen her when she’s shining as bright as the sun, when she’s drowning in sorrow and confusion, when her heart is exploding with love, when she’s like a child so ready to learn, when she’s proud and standing tall, and when she’s weak and unsure. That is what photography is to me…it’s about seeing who a person truly is, then loving that person for every part of them, and putting it in an image.
Here are some pictures of Rosie in love, vulnerable, powerful, beautiful, and full of grace. It’s taken me all year to muster up the courage to post these images publicly even though Rosie has given me permission long ago. The first image is one from a mother’s perspective. This is one of the most important images for a mother…looking down lovingly at a one of the best and most fleeting moments we have with our children. By sharing these images of Rosie, I feel I’m sharing a vulnerable part of me. It’s silly, but I do.
I hope nursing mothers will never feel ashamed to photograph this time. Because as you see here, there is nothing to to hide…because the only shame is if we keep this beauty from the world.