My goal is to travel to major cities across America and photograph mothers nursing their children. I hope to have as much diversity as I can throughout the book, as well as quotes and stories from mothers throughout the nation, of their experiences/struggles/triumphs.
The purpose of this book is to show that breastfeeding in any form, is beautiful, natural, and amazing. I hope to help empower women, be an influence to women who haven't decided how they plan to nourish their baby yet, I hope to be a shining light to those that are disapproving, to show that breastfeeding is God's intended way for us to nourish our children.
This project will also show that nursing in public is NOT shameful. Nor indecent. I plan to photograph mothers in very public places, such as national monuments, popular areas, Capitals, etc.
When my husband first took photos of me nursing our daughter, I instantly fell in love. As a mother and a photographer, I thought, "What better way to preserve this special and intimate moment in a mother's life, than to photograph it?". Breastfeeding being something very special to me, I wanted to do a shoot with several mothers and babies, to show the beauty of breastfeeding. To show that it's OKAY to nurse in public. It's OKAY to nurse your toddler. It's OKAY to tandem nurse. I received interest from several mothers throughout North Georgia, and scheduled the shoot in my hometown, at the beautiful Berry College. The photos were a HUGE success. I believe these photos show that breastfeeding is beautiful, not something to be hidden and disapproved of.
I received so much praise and thanks for these photos, that I couldn't wait to do more. With World Breastfeeding Week coming up in August, there are dozens of mothers wanting to capture these special intimate moments with baby. So I thought, why reduce this to just my hometown? What if I travelled the U.S. and photographed as many nursing mothers as I could. Even further, why don't I publish a book, showcasing to the world what a beautiful thing this is.
With each photo, with each book sold, that's another step closer to breastfeeding acceptance. To comfortability.
It's another mother realizing that even though her family/friends don't understand it or support it, it only matters how SHE wants to nourish her baby.
It's a mother knowing that she's not alone, there are tons of other mothers that also nurse their toddlers.
It's an in-law realizing that just because she didn't do it, that it is a great bond between mother and child, and she should be supportive.
Whatever your experience with breastfeeding, good or bad, I hope will be showcased in this book. There will be quotes/stories throughout the book from people like you. People that have experienced the same hardships, the same triumphs. Because you're not alone.
With proceeds I raise beyond the $10k goal, I'll be able to travel to more locations, to photograph mothers that aren't able to travel to the locations set.
Risks and challenges
The only risk I foresee, is if I don't reach my goal of 10k. I've done my research of all travel costs, extra expenses, etc. I will be doing the shoots at no charge to any of the mothers, so I will not require additional money from anyone to make this project happen. Just the wonderful support from you all!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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