What inspired you to create Mother and Child and highlight this special bond? Motherhoodtransformed my world. In many ways, I was a child until I had my ownchildren. My small reality of life and my own needs exploded with thebirth of my first son. I suddenly felt a responsibility and purpose Ihad never known before. With my new insight, I felt inspired to tell amodern story of motherhood, to document and honor this profound humanexperience. My hope was to take portraits of mothers and their childrenthat captured love and joy, to try to stop time in a series of portraits– and show how this experience connects us all.
What do you hope people take away from your book? Atthe end of the day, I am a storyteller. I use my portraits to tellstories of women, life and love. I hope to share this love I havewitnessed and captured. To share those moments of beauty and joy. Toremind all of us of the power of motherhood, and that the greatest giftof all to be loved and to love in return.
Do you have a favorite memory from your shoots for this book? TheBush family shoot will forever remain in my head and in my heart. Itwas such an honor to photograph this iconic American family and tocapture four generations of American women. I took the portrait at theirfamily compound in Maine. I had the feeling it was their sacred land;the place in the world that gave them peace and joy. It was magicaldocumenting that moment and capturing the joy in their eyes.
My motherhood lifehack is… tomother. Be present for your children in their day to day life — if youare in tune with your children, anticipating their wants and needs ismuch easier.
VERONICA SWANSON BEARD
MOTHER OF THREE