A Mother’s Body | Erin’s Story

The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.

     Welcome to Year 3!

I’ve always had an athletic build thanks to exercise and sport, but very concerned about what my body looked like, especially in my early 20’s. It was an unhealthy obsession that took a long time to overcome, but as I got older and more mature I was able to (mostly) let go of those negative self images. My husband Jason really helped me on that journey. When I became pregnant at 29, I was a shape I had never been before – round! Exercising the way I was used to was challenging, and my body didn’t feel like my own. I was worried that I wouldn’t like my post-partum reflection in the mirror.

When Georgia was born, all of my selfish concerns just evaporated. I had an appreciation for my body that I never had before. It grew this tiny, perfect human, and now it was responsible to nourish her and help her continue to grow and thrive. I didn’t mind what I saw in the mirror. I had no desire to exercise for a long time post-partum, and I didn’t feel guilty about it. I didn’t obsess with the number on the scale – hell, I didn’t even step on it because I didn’t care what I weighed for once in my life. I just cared about Georgia. She changed my body image, she changed my life. I am comfortable in my own skin, and want her to grow up knowing that she is beautiful inside and out. A healthy body image for her starts with me.

Thank you Erin (and Georgia) for sharing your story!

Ruth Knox - You and Jason are Blessed to have this beautiful daughter Baby G in your life. You are beautiful inside and out. God Bless all of you on this wonderful Journey.

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A Mother’s Body | Kathrin’s Story

The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.

     Welcome to Year 3!

For Zoey and me, it is the second time that we are taking part in Genevieve’s amazing project (you can see the first set of images HERE). My life and my body have changed since then. I am 39 weeks pregnant with my second and Zoey has grown into a wild, busy and beautiful 3 year old girl. My body went through over two years of breastfeeding and gaining some weight with it. Most mothers lose weight during breastfeeding, not me, I gained weight but I am ok with it. And I am proud of my body for all it can do.

When I saw Genevieve’s model call for ‘A Mother’s Body’ about a month ago, I started thinking about sending a message to Genevieve right away. But something was holding me up because I asked myself “Will I have new red stretch marks by then?”. After thinking about it for a while, I realized that I would regret it if I wouldn’t do it. And being ashamed of stretch marks or any other imperfections goes against everything I am trying to teach my daughter and soon my son as well. These faded stretch marks which I got during the pregnancy with Zoey, I kind of like them because they are my lifelong reminder, like a tattoo, of the incredibly beautiful journey I am living.

You can only teach your children a positive and healthy body image if you, as a parent, are comfortable with the body you have and love and respect it. Your children are not born with all the unrealistic standards of ‘perfect bodies’. And I am trying my best to live up to that for the next generation of girls and boys. For them, I wish that it won’t be necessary anymore to talk and learn about what a healthy body image is.

Thank you Kathrin (and Zoey and baby boy) for sharing your story!

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A Mother’s Body | Rebecca’s Story

The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.

  Welcome to Year 3!

No one prepares you for the kind of exhausted and frazzled you feel when you’re home with your first baby. When George was born, I felt a huge amount of anxiety. I saw mess where there wasn’t any, tried to keep the laundry basket and sink empty. I breastfed for 6 months (it hurt), I bottle fed (he hated every bottle I tried), and he was a terrible sleeper (Is he sick? Is this colic? Is he too warm or cold? Is it too early to start the day?) You question every little thing you do! Is he teething? When did I give Tylenol last? Am I giving too much Tylenol? Is it time to start solids? Am I brushing his teeth enough? Do you have to floss them? Some days were just overwhelming.

I called my mom a lot in those first few months. Morning, noon, and night. Sometimes just to talk to another human that wasn’t crying. Sometimes to get her to come hold him while I took a much-needed bath, or rock and sing to him when he was inconsolable. I would go stay the night at her house just so that I could get a little rest, or eat a meal that didn’t consist of a granola bar and coffee.

I don’t know what I would have done without my mother. But because of her, I was (and am) able to re-group, put on my big-girl pants, and parent whole-heartedly. I thrive on providing for my son, and try to teach him how to be a good person. He is so vibrant and happy; he’s turned me into a morning person, because I can’t wait to start the day with him. It’s easier to go full-tilt into motherhood when you know you have back-up from a seasoned pro. I only hope I can provide George with that kind of support if he gives me grandchildren one day.

Thank you Rebecca (and George) for sharing your story!

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Sweet Baby Colin | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

Last month Colin came to visit me in the studio and let me tell you, I won’t forget about him anytime soon! One, because look at his FACE and blonde mohawk HAIR, it was the sweetest, and two, well because this little guy was having a rough day (week?) and was not thrilled about sleeping or photos or being touched or anything other than eating and nuzzling/napping on mom. Mom (former bride Katie) was so patient with me/him though and as I always tell parents, you never need to apologize for your baby, every single little person who comes to visit me is wonderful and I’ve been doing this so long now that I try to just laugh and work through the more…challenging…ones, and in the end it all works out.

(I won’t lie, I had to take a nap after Colin though, he wore me out!)

Everyone meet sweet baby Colin.

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ANJ & COLIN | Frozen Lake Winter Wedding [McAdam, New Brunswick]

The wedding season got off to an early and unexpected start for me this year; when I first got Colin’s call last fall asking whether I would be free for a small wedding in March, I was curious and a bit confused…who gets married in March in the Maritimes? It’s not exactly a typical wedding month, but after getting to know Colin and his love Angela (Anj), I quickly learned that there was nothing typical about them.  They had a totally unique and magical day suited to them, and I’m still thinking about how special it was.

The entire day was centered around (literally) a lake on the outskirts of McAdam (where Anj is from-and so is coincidentally my husband Dan!) They wanted to get married ON the lake, outdoors in a place where they spent so much time as a couple, and everything else would just revolve around that. Bad weather? Change the date. No ice? Do it on the shore. Guests too cold? They can watch from indoors. They had a vision for what they wanted and I’m so happy that it all worked out for them; not only did it work out, it was probably the most magically ‘winter’ day you could ever have asked for! Not too cold, not much wind, with a ton of beautiful, huge fluffy snow falling on and off all day long (it was the week/weekend of those 3 crazy nor’easters we got, but the timing was perfect for guest travel).

They kept everything super simple but added their own special twists on the day, incorporating fun old-world traditions (log sawing and drinking from a 2-cupped goblet), and modern fun (snowmobiles and tractors abound!) Family and friends gathered, simple food was served inside a warm and cozy cabin while snow fell on the lake…and these two, oh how these two love each other, above all else that’s what I noticed. Totally head over heels, giggly and cuddly love, I couldn’t have asked for a better group to spend the day with.

These are the kinds of days I want to photograph, over and over and over again (as long as I have a good pair of boots.)

Couple: Anj Sangster ad Colin Gandy

Ceremony Location: Palfrey Lake, McAdam, NB

Reception Location: Palfrey Lake Lodge, McAdam, NB

Photo Locations: McAdam Train Station & Palfrey Lake, NB

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