Celebrating the many forms of motherhood
What does it mean to be a mother? The answers to that question are as varied as the people who choose to become one.
These profound photographs capture some of the ways that being a mother, or acting as one, can shape the world around us.
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“Whether she’s a blood-related aunt or an unrelated auntie, we entrust her with secrets that we can’t tell mom. She’s fiercely protective, strong and inspiring, but doesn’t make us clean our rooms. That extra familial distance keeps her forever cool. Thanks to all the aunts and aunties who snuggle us when we’re exhausted, and make sure we’re entertained on a slow train ride.”
— Nancy Chuang, photographer
“The title is “Pining” which embodies that bittersweet moment when a family of three is soon to be a family of four.”
— Ahna Tessler, photographer
“I want to highlight my favorite mom-without-kids. My friend Darcy is someone I met through volunteering for Omaha Girls Rock Camp. She is the only bilingual paraprofessional at the school where she works and goes above and beyond to create programing tailored specifically to the needs of her students. She not only serves the role of guidance counselor and mentor, but provides a source of support and care that represents motherhood in its truest form.”
— Alex Matzke, photographer
“In my personal journey as a mother, I have realized motherhood is the ultimate balancing act between self and selflessness. We as mothers are the world to our children, and this image of a mother’s embrace reminds me that regardless of our imperfections, we are enough. Every day, we are enough.”
— Emmy Shepherd, photographer
“This is motherhood. My story, marked (literally) all over my abdomen. This is what 3 healthy babies & 2 miscarriages in 7 yrs looks like for me. This is what 2 yrs of struggling with infertility issues, losses, and depression looks like. Motherhood and parenting never really felt like a struggle until my losses. It made me relish in the love and lives of my kids even more than I already did, which I didn’t know was possible. It made for a weepy delivery of my rainbow baby. I didn’t know I could rejoice over the birth of him, all while grieving over the two I’ll never get to meet. This is motherhood for me.”
— Bonnie Miller, photographer
“This is a rare family photo that we took on our way to my nephew’s wedding. Henry insisted that he wear the EXACT same suit as the groom. Maxine followed the bride around the entire night because she thought she was a princess. At the reception, Mary and I watched from the sidelines while Maxine danced with everyone and questioned why she couldn’t go to the after party, while Henry slept in the groom’s room, too tired from all the excitement. That night really was the perfect representation of our family.”
— Robin Hopkins, Host of “If These Ovaries Could Talk”