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Portraits and 40 mothers' moving, personal stories provide an honest look at the highs and lows of the motherhood experience.
Portraits and 40 mothers' moving, personal stories provide an honest look at the highs and lows of the motherhood experience.
405 backers pledged $35,723 to help bring this project to life.

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I'd like to photograph your family!

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Hi everyone.

It's been another exciting year for Momma Love, with Book Awards and continued press in The New York Times as well as other places. 

I'm writing to share that I'm currently offering family portrait sessions in time for the holidays! A gallery of family image samples can be found here. Please contact me at for pricing and package info if you're interested in shooting together. 

Sending you much Momma Love





Hi everybody! Happy Holidays! 

I'm offering the small businesses / independent artist's answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday with DELIGHTFUL DECEMBER! Until December 24th, copies of Momma Love- the PERFECT GIFT- are 30% OFF at There are other cute Momma Love gifts there too, so have a look. 

Momma Love will also be at The Ultimate Mom's Night Out, a night of comedy, cocktails, treats, raffles and Holiday shopping at The New Yorker Hotel (in Manhattan) Dec 10th. Tickets are cheap and it's going to be fun, so hopefully I'll see you there.

Momma Love has been mentioned in several gift guides this holiday season and I'm very happy that Peggy O'Mara, the founder of Mothering Magazine, ran the Momma Love story of Terry Born, mother of a transgender son, on her blog.

Let Shirtless Santa deliver your copies of Momma Love right to your chimney!

Sending you all Momma Love!


Shirtless Santa
Shirtless Santa

Joelle Carter, Summer of Momma Love & Photo Contest!


Hello everyone. 

I hope you all had a great summer. Things have really grown over the past three months with Momma Love, the book and the community! 

This summer, I attended several Momma Love House Parties thrown by women. it was inspirational to meet each woman's momma friends, share some cocktails, some laughs, and some intense conversation, all with the book as the catalyst and the center point. I look forward to future events and getting to know more mommas in this way. (Please contact me if you're interested in hosting an event. It's easy and fun!)

I recently did a photo shoot with actress Joelle Carter, star of FX's Justified and a fellow momma. She's been a long time supporter of the book and she showed her love by sporting her very own Momma Love necklace for our pictures! (You can find an image from our shoot below)

And finally, I'm thrilled to say that images from Momma Love continue to do really well in photo contests. This time, it was the image "Hannah and Lizzie, Christmas Dinner," which won and will be hanging at The Center for Fine Art Photography in a show about family. 

Please continue to send pictures of you and your kids and your moms and your pets reading the book and wearing the tattoos! I LOVE THAT and always share them. And please continue to spread the word on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @mommaloveAli, and consider hosting a Momma Love House Party. The site will soon be updated with a page where readers can share their stories. Let's keep the conversation going. 

Sending you all much momma love,


Joelle Carter showing her Momma Love
Joelle Carter showing her Momma Love

 Some wonderful readers showing their Momma Love

Momma Sita
Momma Sita
Momma Margie
Momma Margie
Momma Rosie
Momma Rosie
Momma Tanessa
Momma Tanessa
Izzy and Momma Chris
Izzy and Momma Chris

My first Huffington Post Piece in "Print"


It's with great excitement that I share my first piece written for The Huffington Post !

Please check it out when you have a moment and continue the conversation by commenting (good, bad, just not indifferent) and sharing on FB, Twitter, etc... 

It's a loaded subject, but as you may have noticed from my book, I've asked everyone else to be very honest, so now it's my turn. 

You can find the article here

Sending much Momma Love,

xAli  (Photo of Ali and Harper © Amy Arbus)

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Spreading Momma Love in The Huffington Post

Hello my friends

By now, almost all of you have received your Momma Love perks! For the majority of you, that means the book itself. I hope you're really getting a lot out of it. Momma love has come so far! From despair to winning a Silver IPPY Award, being named by The New York Times' Parenting Blog as the #1 Mother's Day Gift for 2013, and selling almost 800 copies in two months!

I'm really excited to report that The Huffington Post has asked me to write for them! My first piece for their parenting section will run soon.

MomsRising Radio did a Momma Love interviewa thrill because I'm a huge fan of their work motivating for political change that effects mothers' lives. You can hear that interview here. (It's the 7/7 broadcast and kicks in at around 1 hour and 3 minutes. Yes, you can fast forward)

Also, I was interviewed by KTRS St. Louis' John Carney, a very cool guy who has a charity for kids as well.

If you are enjoying Momma Love, please help spread the word and keep the momentum going. 

You might say...

(On twitter) Award-winning book Momma Love by @mommaloveAli. For mommas, future mommas, or anyone searching for the truth.

(On Facebook and beyond) Ali Smith's award-winning book Momma Love is for mommas, future mommas, photography lovers, and anyone searching for the truth. Check it out at

And if you're interested in hosting a Momma Love House Party (really fun!), please contact me for more information. 

Sending you so much Momma Love! (And this photo of Momma's love wearing his heart on his sleeve)


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