August 10, 2016
As a photographer, I capture moments. To me, there is beauty in everything but human emotion is where my heart lies. I love seeing a child laugh. I love capturing the life through an elderly person’s eyes. I love witnessing two people in love. To me, there is nothing better in this life than love. Being in love, loving someone, receiving love, and spreading love. If you told me you would give me a billion dollars to take myself off the grid to live in lavish but I had to do it alone….I wouldn’t take it. I would rather live in a shack with the people I love. Their laughter, holding their hands, seeing them grow….that is life to me.
Recently, there has been so much controversy on breastfeeding and I’ve seen so many women be shamed because they are feeding their children in public. It’s a shame. Why can society dictate what is natural? Why can they sexualize women for all of their advertisements? Why can they shove formula ads down our throats? Why is it okay to see a half naked woman on every other billboard/commercial/campaign but when a woman is breastfeeding her child quietly in a corner of a restaurant people freak out? It truly breaks my heart. We have become a generation so confused and so wrapped up in the media and what they tell us to be. Why have we turned on each other? Why do we put each other down? Why can’t we celebrate women and the amazing creatures they are? They create life. They literally bring life into this world and have the ability to nurture that life. Why is that shameful? Why is it disgusting? I get so discouraged scrolling through Facebook seeing all of the negativity. If you have been following me and know me you know I am all about celebrating women and empowering them. I believe each and every one of you are beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
I decided I wanted to photograph some amazing women doing what we were created to do. I did this to add a little bit of positivity into the world. I wanted to celebrate life. I did this project for myself but also for you. To let you know that you are not alone. Breastfeeding is beautiful. These mamas are beautiful. Their babies are beautiful. Life is beautiful.