August 8, 2014

World Breastfeeding Week - Miami Breastfeeding Photographer







Breastfeeding photography is the most special genre of photography I can think of. Not only is it not "totally out there" yet, but it still very much causes heated debates depending on the viewer's level of acceptance.
Documenting mothers breastfeeding their children is how I started into the photography industry. My aim through my art is to show how beautiful the bond between mother and child is. I often surround my subjects with breathtaking scenarios like the sunrise at the beach or a lush, green park at sundown to enhance the beauty of the moment even more.
The images shown below are a bit different. While remaining true to my photographic style, I documented 16 mothers breastfeeding their children in very public and well frequented places.

Why?
Simple. To raise awareness.

These images are part of a worldwide movement called the "Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project" (or how it became known in social media last week PBAP2014). When my fellow photographer Leilani Rogers - who started this project on a much smaller scale last year - put out a call to photographers to participate, I knew I had to contribute.
The Project's objective is to normalize breastfeeding in public places by visualization. The more people see images of mothers feeding their children, the more their brain will become accustomed with it.

For this year, I focused on historic and well known places in Miami. Places that most people would look at and think "Yeah, that's Miami".
Of course Summer in Florida is completely hectic with days and days of nonstop rain - which caused me to sometimes adapt an idea and shoot indoors.
I am completely in love with this series of photographs and I am extremely thankful to all the wonderful moms that came forward to work with me on this.

Please enjoy these images and take your time to appreciate every single place and every single mother who had the courage to stand for what they believe is natural and right.
Thank you!

[Most of the photographers of #PBAP2014 are doing a blog circle today. Please visit Paige Wilks Photography to continue the blog circle and to view some pretty awesome images by this Texas photographer.]


And last but not least, a self-portrait taken at Miami Children's Museum. I am still breastfeeding my 14 month old daughter. We have supplemented since 6 months and I never thought I'd get this far with her. I am beyond thankful and had to celebrate this feat by including this image:


[Most of the photographers of #PBAP2014 are doing a blog circle today. Please visit Paige Wilks Photography to continue the blog circle and to view some pretty awesome images by this Texas photographer.]