Author: Lotus_Lili

Divine Mother Colleen { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Being a Young Mom

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Colleen }

Being a Young Mom

 

Colleen’s interview was a whirlwind of playful boys, laughter and, thankfully, a few photos. As soon as I asked her to introduce herself , her oldest took over. He started with his own name, his brother’s and then looked up at Colleen thoughtfully and finished with “Her name is… mommy!” -Colleen’s son.

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“I was only 19 when he was born, my husband was not my husband yet. It was different then. I hadn’t finished college yet, we weren’t even living together.”

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“I’m 24 now and I still feel like people look at me like the teen mom.”

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“Even little things like Facebook groups weren’t a think back then. All I had was my family. I just did things how they did things.”

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“I’m so much more confident now. I can make my own decisions now.”

It can take time to find our voice. But once we do, I grantee you, nothing can stop you.

Colleen, thank you so much for coming and participating. It truly was a pleasure to spend some time with you and your boys. I know you are expecting your husband home shortly from a deployment and my hats off to you for managing your very happy and active boys in his absence. He should be very proud!

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

Colleen participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of July Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

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If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

 

Blessings & Namaste

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The Divine Mothers of July Session 1 { Motherhood Photo+Interviews }

A sneak peak into the images captured for Divine-Mothering’s Photo+Interview Series, July 8th 2015.

“We had a full studio for this session as an influx of toddlers and preschoolers filled up the room. They brought so much energy and joy and definitely stole some of the spot light, but I often look at my images and like to think that my photographs often capture more than an individual. They don’t focus on one subject or another, but rather they capture a bond, a connection.” -Photographer Liliana Taboas from Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Divine Mother { Colleen }

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Divine Mother { Alisha }

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Divine Mother { Danielle }

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Divine Mother { Amy }

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{ #GoddessesInTheStudio }

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Thank you, ladies, for participating! I always feel so full of love and energy after each session, thank you so much for sharing yourself with Divine-Mothering and the world! <3 <3 <3

I will be blogging about each of their mini sessions in the coming week and I absolutely can’t wait to share more.

If you are interested in the photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia, please visit her website here.

If you are interested in participating in one of the Motherhood Photo+Interview Events, check out our FB Page and click Events.

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Divine Mother Michele { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Breastfeeding Goals

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Michele }

Breastfeeding Goals

Michele was incredibly fun to work with, so full of energy and laughter. She was very excited to share her breastfeeding accomplishments with her third child.

“She’s the longest I’ve breastfed; 5 1/2 months. I’m really proud.”

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“My other two I only breastfed until 8 and 12 weeks. This one, she wouldn’t take the bottle until 4 months! My goal is 6 months.”

I had to laugh when she told me “I think it helped that I had mastitis with her, so I needed to keep breastfeeding.” What a way to make lemonade out of lemons!

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“I got more help with the 3rd child. Before I had no one guiding me or helping me with the latch. I feel I lot more confident too, maybe it’s the age… You learn and gain experience as a mother.

With my first I wasn’t too confident. I didn’t have help, with this child I’ve had so much support and encouragement with breastfeeding.

She’s an easy quiet baby.”

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When I asked her how she felt about continuing her breastfeeding journey, she was pretty honest. “I’m not sure what will happen whens he gets teeth!” A common fear for those who haven’t nursed a toothy infant. But from personal experience I can assure you all, it’s fine… And they don’t bite… Much…

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Oh, Michele, it was such a pleasure to work with you! I loved your energy and your little one is gorgeous. Congratulations on achieving your breastfeeding goals, I’m so happy to hear that you have received support and encouragement which often is the key factor for a successful journey. You are a lucky woman!

You are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Michele participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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Divine Mother Antje { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Confidence in Mothering

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Antje }

Confidence in Mothering

Antje came to the studio to celebrate the birth of her fourth child who is now 5 month old. She told me “I never thought I would have four kids, but so far it worked out good.”

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“I had my first two children with my ex-husband, and then I got married again. We decided we wanted to have children in common. I thought, why not just one more. But then it felt so good, we tried again! I think I’m very fertile.”

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“My first two pregnancies were easy, I had no problems and I lost the pregnancy weight pretty quick. My last two pregnancies I had pregnancy diabetes. I didn’t feel sick at all, but my glucose test didn’t come back good.” But her experiences as a mother have been overwhelmingly positive it’s no wonder she has such a wonderful outlook on motherhood. “I was lucky, my kids were so good and easy.  I had no trouble breastfeeding.”

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When I asked Antje how being a mother has changed her she answered with “I was super shy at first, being a mother got me really confident. With my first child, I was alone in a new country; taking care of the my child all by myself made me feel really good.”

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Antje, thank you so much for participating and sharing a little of yourself with us. Congratulations on your happy growing family, may your days be full of joy and laughter.

You are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Antje participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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Divine Mother Anna { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Worth the Wait

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Anna }

Worth the Wait

It was difficult to keep my composure during Anna’s interview. The love and joy, still so very fresh, was overpowering.

“It’s been kind of rough. It took us 3 years to get pregnant.”

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“We were working with the OBGYN. At first we worked with my hormone levels, then they told me I had to loose weight.

I knew I couldn’t do it on my own so I decided to get Gastric Bypass Surgery.

That’s what these scars are from.”

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“She’s the only reason I did it, I was happy with myself, but going into surgery I was told I couldn’t get pregnant for 18 months post opp.

I was 8 months after the surgery, I had almost lost 100lbs, and I was switching from one birth control to another and… we made her!”

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“I was excited but also scared. I thought, what if my body couldn’t provide… I kept waiting for something to happen. Even recovering from the surgery, I knew a lot of people had trouble, but nothing. Everything was perfect, the pregnancy was perfect. Nothing was wrong.

I had a homebirth, and everyone I loved was there. Her birth was the happiest day of my life. It really was perfect.

Giving birth was amazing. Every emotion is running though your body. One second you’re pushing, the next your baby is here.”

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After our session, Anna shared her homebirth video made by Tiffany Hudson Films and let’s just say you might need a handkerchief if you’re watching.

Purely amazing!

Anna, thank you so much for participating and for sharing yourself with us. What a beautiful journey you are living. Congratulations on your healthy pregnancy, amazing birth, and beautiful daughter. What a privilege worth the wait.

Anna, you are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Anna participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Video by Tiffany Hudson Films

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Divine Mother Amber { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Military Spouse & Mother

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 1 }

{ Amber }

Military Spouse & Mother

When I asked Amber about her journey as a mother, her experience was deeply tangled with her life as a military spouse.

“I never thought I would be raising my child away from my family… But I think that’s also a high point for me, because now I know I can do this… not alone, but away from my support.”

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“I never really saw myself in this situation, but we’re here and we’re doing it. We’ve been lucky, we haven’t experience long separations, but my husband did have a job with lots of TDY’s (work related trips). Right now he works 14-16 hour days.”

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“But I don’t feel alone. I’ve made good friends. This is just something we have to live throughout right now.”

As a fellow military spouse, it’s wonderful to hear the shining optimism in Amber’s voice. The long work days, constant separations, the moving, and the sheer uncertainty that rules the lives of military families is emotionally exhausting. Adding in the stress of motherhood can make for some cranky women! But sweet Amber is not one of them, well, at least not today!

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When I asked Amber about how motherhood, particularly during pregnancy, has changed her identity she told me.

“It’s not about me, I have to take care of someone else first. There’s a whole other life to take care of.”

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“It’s not your body, but it is…” Goodness, how that resonates.

She later emailed me to add, “I don’t think being a mother defines who I am, but it has made me a better person.” It really is a mothering truth. Loving someone else so deeply, changes you.

Beautiful Amber, I wish you a wonderful happy and healthy pregnancy. You are glowing with the amazing light of new life.

You are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Amber participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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THE DIVINE MOTHERS OF JUNE SESSION 2 { MOTHERHOOD PHOTO+INTERVIEWS }

A sneak peak into the images captured on Divine-Mothering’s second event from the Photo+Interview Series.

“This session was a little smaller than the last and it allowed me to relax and really enjoy getting to know the women better. It was amazing. I felt like I made new friends. And the stories…

It was hard to keep my emotions in check.” -Photographer, Liliana Taboas from Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

 

Divine Mother { Amber }

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Divine Mother { Anna }

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Divine Mother { Antje }

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Divine Mother { Michele }

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And my highlight for the evening… What I hope will be a tradition to continue at the end of each session, a group photo <3

 

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Thank you, ladies, for participating! You are all incredible <3 <3 <3

I will be blogging about each of their mini sessions in the coming week and I absolutely can’t wait to share more.

If you are interested in the photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia, please visit her website here.

If you are interested in participating in one of the Motherhood Photo+Interview Events, check out our FB Page and click Events.

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Divine Mother Heather { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Support Matters

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 1 }

{ Heather }

Support Matters

I am so thankful Heather came to me to share her amazing breastfeeding support story with me. The stories of breastfeeding mothers are so varied when people see serene images of mothers nursing their young, it simplifies the story a bit. It must be so easy for her. She feels so confident. She must have had no issue. She must love breastfeeding. But women who have breastfed know better.

When I asked Heather about her journey I was pleased to hear how having the right support made all the difference.

“I was very hesitant about breastfeeding. I didn’t want to do it.

My husband is a nurse and he convinced me that I had to at least give it a try.

You have to try, he told me over and over.”

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“I was surprised at how naturally it came for us. It’s probably the most natural thing I’ve ever done. So my goal was 6 months.

Making it to 11 months for me is amazing.

I want to make it to 12 months and then I’m done.”

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“I’m so thankful to my husband for encouraging me to breastfeed.

I thought… If someone like me can decide to try it, anyone could.”

The most common complaint I have personally heard from mothers when it comes to nursing their children long term is the lack of support. Wether it be from their spouse, their family or in laws, once the support drops, many mothers start to doubt themselves and their choices. This leads, unfortunately, for many women to turn way from breastfeeding sooner then intended.

It was refreshing, however, to hear quite the opposite story for Heather! What an amazing partner you have.

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“I wanted to be a part of this.

I was prior enlisted for 10 years, and now being a mother, I have to learn to slow down.

I want to live in the moment.”

Heather, thank you so much for sharing a little of yourself with us. Your story is heart warming and I love that you wanted to dedicate these images to your husband for his amazing encouragement and support. He sounds truly awesome!

Heather, you are so amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Heather participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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Divine Mother Gabrielle { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Empowerment, Breastfeeding & Identity Change

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 1 }

{ Danielle }

Empowerment, Breastfeeding & Identity Change

There is something about Gabrielle that I find absolutely fierce. The self confidence she has almost clashes with the soft gentleness of motherhood. So it should come as no surprise to me, or anyone who knows her that her interview consisted of a single word.

“Empowerment.”

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For a moment, it seemed sufficient that just leave it at that. Because what else could this be about?

After all this movement couldn’t be possible if weren’t for women in search for empowerment. The female form has been demonized, sexualized, materialized, and dehumanized throughout the centuries. And while we’ve come a long way, women across the world are trying to take back their bodies and give them the respect, dignity and true meaning they deserve.

When I asked her to expand, she told me:

“I want empowerment for women struggling with their bodies.

It’s about being able to feel good about yourself.

Knowing that what you’re doing is important.”

Gabrielle, what you are doing is so incredibly important.

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When I asked her if she had support for her choices as a mother, it was not at all surprising to learn that she was the first in her family to do things differently.

“I was the first natural birth and the first to breastfeed.”

Gabrielle later emailed me with some further thoughts on her incredible breastfeeding story.

“Breastfeeding and motherhood has been a journey with its highs and lows. Poor latch, supply issues and diabetes have made my breastfeeding journey intense. It took a lot of willpower and determination to not just throw in the towel and buy some formula! After 13 months of exclusively pumping for my first child, I was determined to breastfeed my second.  We made it over humps, bumps and what seemed like brick walls to a now successful journey of breastfeeding.”

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She also opened up about her intense identity change when going form active duty military to mother.

“Motherhood has been the biggest sacrifice I have ever made in my life. Giving my military career to be “just” a mother was a journey that was very hard to acknowledge. Surrendering everything in my life to provide a sole focus to my children was never an undertaking I planned on. It was not my previously planned life path. Though my life has taken a course I never thought it would, I now have full acceptance of my role as a mother, wife and my postpartum body. My body now has curves for a purpose!”

Thank you, Gabrielle, for coming to this session and sharing yourself with us. Motherhood is indeed an intense transformation, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally. A total reinvention of self. And yet, know what you are doing everyday in tasks of motherhood and rearing and educating and nurturing, you are doing something so very important.

You are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Danielle participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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Divine Mother Natallie { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Self Love for the Next Generation

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 1 }

{ Natallie }

Self Love for the Next Generation

“I’ve always had issues with my self image.”

Natallie is a beautiful mother of two girls who is now intent on making sure they are well on their way down the path of self love and self respect.

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When I asked her why she wanted to participate in this project, she replied that she wanted women to feel proud of themselves. These photo sessions are about “Being proud of who you are as a mom.”

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Being a mother of two girls, specially, Natallie wants her girls to learn to love themselves as they are. “I vowed to never say anything negative about myself in front of them. Nothing. I don’t want them to learn that from me.”

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“I don’t want them to think… that their mother, the person that to them is so wonderful and special… that if she thinks something is wrong with her, then what’s wrong with me?”

Natallie, you are an incredible mother. The seed of self love that you are trying to instill on your daughters will surely take root. And hopefully, it will take root in all those who read this. Because the truth is that we learn this self hate. As we talked about this subject I myself remember the time of my life when I began to understand the narrow construct  of what is considered beautiful in our society.

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The only way to combat this narrow view of beauty is to challenge it. And that is what we are doing here. Challenging what is considered womanly, what is considered feminine, what is considered appropriate, what is considered sexual, what is considered natural, what is considered beautiful.

Natallie, you are so incredibly beautiful. Thank you for participating in this photo series and sharing yourself with us. I hope that you continue practicing self love toward yourself not just for the sake of your girls who admire and emulate you, but also to show yourself the kindness and love you deserve.

May we all remember to be kind to ourselves.

Natallie, you are amazing!

You are beautiful!

You are truly divine!

Danielle participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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