I started this Your Motherhood Story project just before the world fell apart. The Universe gave me this session as a seed of inspiration, love, and beauty to hold onto through this storm. This project is an attempt to bridge the divide between smiling portrait sessions, editorial/posed/fully crafted sessions, and 100% documentary photography. I was dreaming of something in-between.
You see – I felt like I had plenty of photographs of my little family at the holidays, hitting major milestones, playing with friends. You know – the things we TYPICALLY have someone around us to take a quick picture or the things we’ve planned our outfits for and brought our cameras or iPhones with us to photograph our cute babies. The big milestones that we hire a photographer for and head to the studio. I felt photographically fulfilled in those main areas.
When I was laying curled around Ellie to help her fall asleep. I wanted THAT photograph (but maybe not with me wearing yesterday’s mascara and my haggard sweatpants). Ellie’s hands playing with my hair while I nurse her – because I feel the temporariness of that season of our lives and I desperately want it remembered. Ellie reading to me in the sunlight under her bedroom window. Me comforting her after a fall. Brushing her tiny sweet curls.
The in-between. The parts that are such a core piece of our life right now. The parts where no one is around with a camera. The parts that make your heart feel so soft and full and fulfilled. The parts that feel so hard to think about growing out of. I want photographs of THOSE things.
It’s not 100% documentary where I’m a fly on the wall with a camera and you’re pretending I’m not home. It’s also not your standard portrait session where I’m posing you and picking out props and setting up lights. It’s the in-between – just like the portraits. It’s in your home, or in an organic outdoor location. We’ll collaborate on wardrobe that fits who you are but ALSO photographs beautifully. I’ll guide you to the prettiest light and remind you not to freeze and smile. I’ll give you a bit of a start – and then let you have the moment with your baby. After we set the seen I’ll melt into the background a bit and watch as the little pieces of your relationship with your baby come to life in the form of gentle touches, giggles, natural movements, and big soft emotions.
It’s such magic.
Ashley Erin West – Currently Booking Summer and Fall 2020
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