"Some days I feel like I'm still a stranger in my body, 6 months postpartum and my back hurts most days, I feel a disconnect in my lower belly from the c-section and I'm exhausted. And then there are these pockets of amazement. This body created life, and sustains life. Even on days when I feel slightly broken I can create shapes and find the shadows of my old self, but now only better, stronger, and more aware." ~Rebekah
Rebekah yearns for strength and softness, she is disciplined with her yoga practice and the mother of a 6 month old baby boy. That is not an easy feat, to make time for self care and embrace the journey into motherhood is a balancing act that is difficult to achieve. Rebekah accepts this challenge with grace and courage and I admire her ability to be present in the moment with her son as well as herself. I wanted to document a glimpse into her journey as a strong and soft woman displaying self care for her body, mind, and spirit.
We chose the Delaware River as our setting as Rebekah is an open water swimmer and this has always been close to home. She is a mermaid at heart and experiences freedom in the water so that is a big part of who she is. The clouds covered the sun representing her stormy past and creating a mood that suited her story.
Through photographing Rebekah and gaining more insight into her world I've gained so much admiration and respect for her. She has transformed hardships into triumphs and she exudes joy and gratitude. I am incredibly grateful to have shared this experience with her and I look forward to continuing our new found friendship.