Moms in Focus Series

Moms are judged for so many things: what we feed our kids, whether or not we breastfeed, whether or not we work, how many children we have, how much screen time we let our kids have, what schools we send them to…the list is endless (and exhausting).

After encountering plenty of judgment from others about my choices, and knowing that other moms had encountered the same, I decided to turn it into something positive!  My good friend Courtney (A Life From Scratch) and I partnered up to talk with almost 20 moms from different backgrounds with different stories about judgment they've received based on choices they've made as a mom. 

Please follow their stories. We moms are trying as hard as we can and, trust us, we judge ourselves hard enough.  We hope you enjoy our series.  Meet our moms!


Please meet the newest Mom in Focus: Sheila!  Sheila is a gorgeous mama of two darling boys (and my super sensational aunt)!  Sheila talks about judgment she has felt for being an advocate for her sons’ needs.  Here are some images from her session as well as some snippets from her full discussion on judgment (found linked at the bottom!).

“I had both of my sons through IVF. Alexander and Lincoln love and hate one another every hour or every day lik...


Meet the next mama in our Moms in Focus Series: Vanessa!  She is the mom to four darling children and she is an advocate for breastfeeding.  In her discussion, she mentions how she has felt judged for breastfeeding.  Please read snippets from her discussion below and follow the link at the end to read the discussion in its entirety.

“I’m a part-time working, part-time stay-at-home mom of four children. I lived and worked in the city of Chicago for 1...


Let me introduce you to my next lovely mom: Courtney!  I have known Courtney since high school and she's as sweet as they come.  She is a mom of three amazing boys and she has felt some judgment for practicing attachment parenting.  Read on to see snippets from her full discussion (linked at the end) and to see images from the fun session I had with her and her boys!

“I would consider myself a person who practices attachment parenting with a bit of...


I am so excited to introduce the next mom in my Mom in Focus series: Trisha.  Trisha is the mom of an adorable little boy, Brooks, who she and her husband adopted from birth.  Here are images from their session as well as snippets from her discussion on judgment related to adoption. Her entire discussion will be linked at the end. Thank you for taking part in the series, Trisha!

“Brooks is an energetic, empathetic, funny, intelligent, athletic...


Please meet Beth!  She's a sweet mama of three delightful kiddos who I get the pleasure of photographing every fall.  Moms tackle so much judgment and Beth has felt judged for having an interracial family.  Here are images from her session along with snippets from her full discussion on judgment which is linked at the bottom of the page.  Enjoy!

“I met my husband in college. I was a ballet dancer and he was a football player. When I told my fri...


Please say hello to Anne.  She is the mama of three beautiful children.  Her now-husband had two daughters from a previous relationship when Anne first met them, and she has been judged for her decision to adopt the girls.  This whole project has been so eye-opening for me.  I know that people judge moms and we are used to it, but it still really blows me away when I find out what people have been judged for.  Here are images from our session as well as snip...


I am excited to introduce you to my next mom: Felicity!  I mean, how cool is she - she shows up ready to go in a Wonder Woman costume!  She has an energetic personality and I could tell her children just adored her.  Here are some snippets from her story about how being a single, stay-at-home mom has caused others to be judgmental of her and her free-spirited style.

“Three words that describe me are encourager, free-thinker, and bottom line per...


Sara is an adorable mama with one daughter, Samantha.  I was so happy to be able to spend time with these two lovelies and I'm thankful that Sara was willing to open up about being a pumping mama. How moms feed their babies always seems to be up for debate (which just leads to unnecessary pressure we end up putting on ourselves).  Here are some snippets from her discussion on judgment.  Meet Sara!

“My name is Sara and I am a first time mom.  My...


Meet Mary Beth! She's an adoptive mom who has experienced judgment for the choice she made to create her family through adoption.  Here are the images I took of her and her beautiful children on a sunny, warm afternoon along with some snippets related to the judgment she's felt about being an adoptive mom.  Read her full interview at A Life From Scratch!

"I am absolutely wild about my babies and feel like it is the biggest honor to be their mam...


Deciding to have one child (and one child only) really has a way of working people up for some reason.  Here are some snippets and images from my story. To read the full answers to the questions we talked about related to judgment, be sure to visit Courtney's site A Life From Scratch!  Here we go. :)

“I think, like all mothers, I want what’s best for my daughter and I try my hardest to make her as happy and as fulfilled as possible.  I’ve heard many moms say...

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