Momma Love by Ali Smith: Instagram Challenge and Giveaway
Lately I’ve been making an effort to get in front of the camera more with my children. As important as my own photography is to me, and especially as much as I value photos of my kids, I have realized that although it might not always be flattering, the moments are real. I will want to remember all of it, not just the way my children looked when they were little.
I’m always so moved and inspired when I see photos of mothers with their children-especially the ones in my social feeds like Facebook and Instagram. As much as we talk about parenthood-motherhood especially-and the different pressures surrounding it, I think it’s so important that the reality is shared too-and not always the touched up, filtered, primped and cropped versions.
A couple of years ago, I introduced you to my dear friend Ali Smith. She’s the incredible force and visionary behind Momma Love: How the Mother Half Lives, a beautiful, raw and incredibly important new photography book. 40 different mothers and their personal stories are included to show the highs and lows of motherhood in a very real fashion.
“Ali Smith has given us a gift with Momma Love: A fresh, eye-opening, firsthand manifestation of motherhood’s contemporary realities. Momma Love helps us picture a future where motherhood is blessed with fairness.” -Gloria Steinem
A couple of pages into the book and I was already wiping away tears. Not because it is sad, and often before even reading the stories, the truth and beauty that is so prominently expressed is incredibly moving.
A couple of weeks ago, I hosted an event with Ali and Oscar nominated actress Amy Ryan-who is one of the mothers captured in the book-honoring the launch of Momma Love. It was really amazing to be a part of this project that has taken Ali 12 years to create come to be in all of it’s glory.
I was thrilled that so many of my personal friends and esteemed colleagues attended to help us celebrate. I know everyone was just as excited as she was to see Momma Love published and ready for public eyes.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Ali Smith, Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts and I have collaborated to create a really fun giveaway project to help celebrate Momma Love and sharing the beauty of all mothers. I’m giving away one book here and together we will give one away on Instagram.
Leave a comment telling me a favorite part of your day with your children.
We Want to See You!
On Instagram, tag a photo of you with your children, along with @mommaloveali, @mommyshorts and @mommasgonecity as well as #momma_love. You must follow and tag everyone to be entered.
Winners will be announced on Friday.
I was not compensated for this post. Photos shown are by Ali Smith and myself.