The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire.Every stage of their growth has its own beauty,but the last phase is always the most glorious. -from Calendar Girls
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of photographing 5 amazing women...mothers, grandmothers, and a great grandmother. I've known all of them for over forty years. They've always been beautiful, but in this season of their lives, they are truly glorious.
With Mother's Day on the horizon, we are starting to run around, hoping to find the perfect gift for that special woman in our lives. After all, she's the center of our family. She's the rock, the one who is always steady in the storm, the one who keeps our family together.
In youth, she's the one who finds the perfect bandaid for the skinned knee, and knows exactly how many kisses it takes to make the tears subside. During adolescence, she's the one who sits on our bed with us, cradling our head after a heartbreak, stroking our hair until we fall asleep. In our 20's, she's the one who stands at the front door, smiling, waving, while quietly crying that her baby is moving on and starting a life of her own. As we roll into our 30s and 40s, we call her frantically because the baby's temp is 102, we have no idea what to do, and an hour later, she is at the door, with chicken soup and some Tylenol. As she ages, her young, smooth hands become a bit more complex. The skin is a little tougher, but stronger. Many diapers and dishes have seen those hands. As she matures, all of the wonderful little memories of laughter and joy are hidden in the lines around her eyes, indicating a life full of love and grace. And in every stage, she is beautiful.
Now is the time to cherish this woman. Mothers, take the time to be photographed for your children. They will treasure these images. They will be invaluable to them one day. The lovely Sue Bryce, said it best when she quoted, "You MUST exist in photographs for your children." Don't wait until you feel prettier, slimmer, tanner...Your children don't care how thin you are. They don't care that you need to lose 10 lbs. They love you. You are beautiful now.