I was a Peace Corps volunteer after college in Nicaragua. Their slogan is "The toughest job you'll ever love". I believe that should be the same slogan for being a Mom. We don't get days off, or get to take a sick days, or solid 8 hours of sleep every night! And if you do get any of that, you are amazing for making that happen and I'm super jealous!
I'm not here to knock Dad's AT ALL, but I think mom's don't get the credit they deserve. I'm speaking of my own experience and the other 50 billion other mom's who I've heard have similar lives...life with kids can be hard sometimes, who am I kidding, most times!
But then, I read an article recently that gave me a good perspective on why Moms can be the verbal punching bag, or the snot rag, or 'the only one who can sit with me until I fall back asleep at 3am'...it's because we are their comfort zone. They can fall apart and they know we will always be there to put them back together.
Along with being their comfort zone, we need to be their strength. When they feel weak and vulnerable, we need to be there to pick them back up. But we also need to do the same for ourselves. You hear it all the time, 'if you are not taking care of yourself how are you going to take care of someone else'. It's so very true, but very easy to lose sight of when you have your little world to look after.
This got me thinking and I've been wanting to photograph a family with a mom as the strength of the family...
Mom Strong was my vision and I found that opportunity just recently with two beautiful and strong women. For this post I am focusing on someone who I met a year ago.
This is Coach D. She was the head trainer of my gym and is now on a new journey of living her best life. She is still motivating hundreds of women everyday to help change their health and she is an inspiration losing over 120lbs on her amazing fitness journey. Many women can relate to her because she's been in our shoes in some aspect.
She is an loving mother to 3 kids, which was completely evident during our session. It's also very evident that, like many of us, she will do whatever it takes to give her kids the best lives as possible even if it means looking within yourself and making a change.
The bond between Coach D and each of her kids is strong. I had so much fun at our session watching them interact and be themselves.
My hope was to give them photos that reflects the connection and love that they all have for each other.
Part 2: Next week's post will highlight Jessica and her 2 kiddos.
*Allyson Ward Photography will be relocating to Sheboygan, Wisconsin early 2019! Contact me to book your Spring/Summer session in the Sheboygan County area.