Passion Project: Woodland Waiting

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I’d been on hiatus from shooting for quite some time when I was asked by Michelle if I was available to do some pregnancy portraits for her & her husband, Cory. It’s hard to describe how special Michelle has been to our family; I’ve probably never even been able to fully express it to her. She has been the kindergarten teacher to all three of our children. The number of days & hours she has spent over the last six years nurturing our children…*sigh*… I struggle to even find the words! What can you say to thank someone who has had the patience & caring to bear witness to what your children are when they’re five & six years old? Someone who has helped them through tears & fears, guided them from chicken scratch to words on paper, from illiterate to literate? Someone who, even before she was a mother to her own, raised my children & so many others, & taught me how to be a better mother myself? Someone who taught me how to see in my children what I might not see?

I didn’t think I really could thank her in words. So, I hoped to with pictures.

I hoped to capture Michelle’s spirit–her playfulness, her love of nature, her creativity–& the love between Cory & her–the story of who they are as they awaited their daughter. He’s a photographer, & she’s a teacher. But there is always so much more. It is a story that children only know about their parents through photographs & tales told that seem unbelievable. You went to Burning Man?! You went paddleboarding with me in your tummy?! Oh, yes, little Sprout, your mom did those things & more!

Dearest Michelle, may all the love you have poured upon so many children come back to your own many times over! May you & Cory be both comfortable & changed in all the ways that parenthood can bless you. And may you always look upon these portraits & remember who you were & who you are.

With infinite gratitude,

Alice. XOXOXO

 

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October 21, 2017 - 6:29 pm

Your mom Alice, you are the best-est photographer I have ever met!! So glad to see your talent and touch are even stronger after your hiatus. I’m so happy you are back at photography, one of many things you are so good at. I do wish we can see a publication of your work someday. Congratulations to Michelle!

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