Hands and Toes, Precious Breastfeeding Details
My style of shooting has always been to zero in on that one precious detail. When I began photographing breastfeeding mothers a few years ago, I realized that what made the images the most beautiful, in my eyes, was the CONNECTION between a mother and her child. While the act of breastfeeding itself is a beautiful, miraculous thing, it’s the contact babies make with their mothers that stands out to me. For example, the way a newborn wraps his hand tightly around his mother’s finger, or touches her delicately on her chest. I am also moved by the state of bliss babies enter while breastfeeding. This is evident in their delightfully curled toes and balled up fists… Of course as they get bigger these gestures become more like love pats to the cheeks and leg locks around Mama’s face.
Before long I realized I was photographing a lot of these hands and feet details. And eventually a photo series took shape in my mind. These photos weren’t styled as a series. In other words, I didn’t set out to create a homogenous collection of hands and toes, but each image is clearly the result of a very candid moment. And each image was captured in a different environment. Some of these were photographed at birth or shortly thereafter. Some of them were scheduled portrait sessions. Yet all of them focus on those same precious details that signify connection and bliss.