I am a photographer and I am a mother of three. I know these ceaseless and constant moments of letting go. Whether it be immense joy or deep suffering, a mother experiences her child ́s life. It ́s a kind of unintentional and innate maternal transference, with a primitive source. We cry, laugh and we make choices. Since the beginning of time women have embarked on this journey and it ́s on their shoulders that we have the strength and wisdom to let go with grace.
Story Background for Reviewer
There were last minute changes just before the wedding and instead of photographing the entire wedding we were only able to photograph the bride getting ready and the ceremony. In this way, the story of the mother emerged and became the subject.
Aimee Helen Haak is an American born photographer living and working full-time as a photographer in Mallorca, Spain. She holds a Master ́s Degree of Science in Women ́s Health.
A mother ́s journey is profound and a daughter ́s journey becomes profound. It ́s a tight rope walk balancing attachment and letting go. It ́s the wedding day of the girl whom you had given birth and it ́s the day that you either let go with grace or suffer loss. A mother ́s hope is that her daughter has found true love – yet all mother ́s know the struggles that accompany true love. With this in mind, the stage is set for the wedding day and the mother ́s journey deepens. The direction of the journey on the tight rope becomes a mother ́s choice – to hold tight or to let go. We can only wish that every mother finds wisdom and courage on her daughter ́s wedding day.
Portfolio from the Wedding Photojournalism workshop with Franck Boutonnet, May 2016.
Video conference with
Photo editor at Marie Claire, France
"I've just been with Corine Hamel for the past hour on Skype and she reviewed my website, fashion blog and the series for EIP. Absolutely insightful and fantastic." Aimee Haak