7 Portraits of Strength in Motherhood | Progressive Parenting Photography

In collaboration with grlpwrpgh I set out to photograph nine women that represent the gamut of motherhood and, more broadly, progressive parenting. We sought to show every woman as the queen she is - powerful, brave, and beautiful in her motherhood journey .

Check out these 7 portraits of strength in motherhood and progressive parenting.

1. A Wonderous Mix of Beauty & Chaos

Editorial portrait of Amanda Cowen and her daughter at Hip at the Flashlight Factory by LeeAnn K Photography

Amanda #badassbossbabe is the mastermind behind the rapidly growing female empowerment network called grlpwrpgh. This isn’t her only hustle, she is also the founder of A. Faye PR a boutique PR agency. Some might call her a micro-influencer when it comes to her personal Instagram @amandafayecowen.

Amanda describes motherhood as a “wonderous mix between of beauty and chaos.”

In Amanda's words:

“It’s fresh post-bath smells, rubbing their back until they doze off in your arms, always insisting on being in a princess gown, watching them do their first somersault, seeing the sparkle in their eyes as you walk into Target (or, is that just my kid?), the constant I love yous.

"It’s hair pulling, three days without showering, PB&J for dinner (AGAIN), poop on the walls, stepping on legos, wine by 4pm, and ‘mom, mum, mummy’ on repeat, and their first NO (does that ever end).

"It’s knowing you’re their person. And it’s knowing that they are yours. It’s a magical world of equal amounts of beauty, and equal amounts of chaos. It’s an adventure I truly never thought I’d take, yet it’s my best adventure yet.”

You can connect with Amanda @grlpwrpgh, @grlpwrprojects, on Facebook, or on her website

2. There's nothing more powerful than a mom who knows her worth

Editorial motherhood shoot, photo of mother and her daughter by LeeAnn K Photography

Ta’lor a #selfcoach is the founder of Ladyhood Journey. In addition to being a certified self-love coach (so cool!), she's also a body positive model and an inspirational speaker. Ta’lor’s passion for inspiring and motivating other women to live in their truth fuels her life.

She describes herself as a passionate, fun, loving, and open mother who encourages her daughter to be an independent individual.

In Ta’lor's words:

“From an unmarried mom in a toxic relationship to a mom who made a choice to be a single mother, I'm happier than I have been in years I am choosing myself choosing my daughter and definitely loving my time with my sweet little.

"There's nothing more powerful than a mom who knows her worth because she automatically transfers that to her child... I'm definitely living in my truth completely unashamed and unapologetic.”

You can consume all her amazing content by checking out her website www.ladyhoodjourney.com . Get a daily doses of inspiration follow her on Instagram @ladyhoodjourney or via her Facebook group The H.O.E Truth where every day women share and inspire one another.

3. Loving Yourself

Editorial portrait of a mother at hip at the flashlight factory by LeeAnn K Photography.

Kristine is a mother of two who describes her journey as a mother as one that has been a blessing and a gift. The rediscovery of the world through her children’s eyes is wonderful and exciting for her. But with every journey, there are always things we struggle with, and for Kristine, one of the biggest challenges is self-love.

In high school and college Kristine struggled with bulimia and was scared to death it would resurface after her first pregnancy, but it wasn’t until her second baby, loving her body became much harder.

She was no longer struggling with bulimia, but her body wasn’t bouncing back to its normal state as quickly as it had with the first pregnancy.

Kristine realized that she had to shift her perspective on what healthy and normal meant to her.

Struggling with self-image is a battle many women face long before having children. Pregnancy changes a woman’s body so drastically that most women find themselves in the same boat as Kristine. But just like Kristine, every woman’s definition of beauty, wellness, and health can only be defined by oneself.

Kristine hopes that society will one day stop putting so much pressure on moms to be perfect.

In Kristine's words:

"The story in these pages demonstrates the power of the human spirit, love, and friendship to overcome trauma, allowing you to choose life on your own terms.

“I’ve always struggled with loving myself and I can pick apart my body and myself. I had to learn that being healthy and feeling confident about my body isn’t about how I look it’s about how I feel. I rarely step on a scale because the numbers don’t validate how I am feeling.

If I get a work out in a couple times a week and eat healthy, I know I am doing right by my body. I am fueling it with what it needs so that I can have a long life with my children. By having that perspective, has helped me tremendously with regaining my love for my body.

“Truthfully social media is a lot of the problem, society wants women to work full-time as a family and have the perfect birthday party every year.

"We push ourselves so hard because society tells us we should. We don’t have to listen, but sometimes it’s hard not to. I want society to know me and all mothers out there are making our best decision possible for our children and us.

"If we want to take one hour of the day to do something for ourselves whether it’s read, work out, or take a class taking, taking time for ourselves makes us a better mother. If we decide we want to stay at home, work full-time, or work part time - this is up to us.”

"The story in these pages demonstrates the power of the human spirit, love, and friendship to overcome trauma, allowing you to choose life on your own terms."

Kristine is also the founder of the nonprofit Voices of Hope. After being brutally raped and left for dead at the age of 19, Kristine spent years trying to find her path to healing. Her path in healing led to the creation of Voices of Hope, an organization that educates on sexual violence and fights against rape culture.

In 2018, she released her book Voices of Hope where she shares how the rape affected her life and those she loved.

You can learn more about Kristine’s nonprofit at www.voicesofhope.com or connect with her on Instagram @voicesofhope.

4. Divine Motherhood

Editorial portrait of Peachie Wimbush  at hip at the flash light factory by LeeAnn K Photography.

When Peachie describes her journey in motherhood says

“It’s been a paradox. The highest of highs, My youngest is a hugely successful superstar and to stand as a witness to that is indescribable.”

"The lowest of lows. A mother is not supposed to outlive her children. Grief has taught me to be gentle with myself.”

She hopes that one day society will see the “The Divinity of Motherhood. It’s a divine assignment and we are indeed designed in a Goddess’s image - down to capacity to create life.”