From the first moment we met I loved this woman. A powerful, dynamite smart. When she and I met it was in Palm Springs at Alt Summit. I was fresh fresh into my new post-marital single life and I was gearing up to quit a job I had relied on heavily. During free time after the conference I laughed, drank champagne, and swam topless in the cover of dark night with a friend. Andrea overheard someone criticize me and she quickly cut them off in my defense. We’ve always loved each other and Andrea warmly refers to me as her “unsung sister”. I want to sing that song.
Andrea brought a treasure trove of perfectly designed clothing that each represented something of Andrea’s life, her place, her being that she wanted documented. My favorites are 1- her embroidered “working mom” sweater which she was haunted to make the night before our session and 2- her incredible shoes by The Office of Angela Scott. We had an incredible time discussing motherhood, art, spirituality, work, life, and our passions.
Why was Andrea drawn to the SEEN experience?
These words have been reoccurring and definitive throughout my 18 years of motherhood. FIRST pregnancy, FIRST child, ONLY child, LAST time viable heartbeats were heard, FIRST viable pregnancy in 12 years, LAST child, LAST c-section possible. Yet again this year these words are shaping my narrative of the FIRST year both boys were in school, LAST day Sam and Simon will be in school and then the hardest one – the ONLY year, as Sam moves on. My friend Ashley created a Mother’s Day portrait project and I felt compelled to participate and document what feels like a milestone year in motherhood for me. The whole process of seeing yourself through the eyes and lens of an artist and how it aligns, compares, and contrasts to how you see yourself is a very valuable experience and if you are lucky enough that artist will be Ashley Thalman.