Nikola is a writer, volunteer, mother, partner and friend. You can catch more of her musings at The We Spot here.
During the winter of 2019 I shared that we were expecting our third and last baby and I was so excited to book my first ever maternity and newborn photography package. Then it was April 2020. The month that never seemed to end for most of us, but for me it was speeding by. I was getting closer and closer to the baby’s due date and the unknowns of delivering a baby during a pandemic.
I had purchased the maternity dress for my photo shoot months ago. As I grew large with child I wondered if that beautiful dress would even still fit. I knew that our early April photo shoot date had to be canceled. There were just so many unknowns back then. Information was still quickly coming and changing. But I couldn’t let go of my wish to have this one last opportunity to document my pregnant body and I shared my feelings publicly with the Northern Colorado Moms Blog. Thanks to the encouragement of the women in my circle and my precious photographer a new date was set for May for an outdoor shoot.
I got dressed, did my hair and put on makeup for the first time in months. And then a fierce rainstorm blew in and persisted until the light was almost gone. I could have taken it as a sign that this was not meant to be, but instead I stood in front of our pond in our backyard and had my husband capture a few shoots with wet feet and fading light. Amber graciously offered to edit the photos my husband captured as we organized a new date yet again.
When the new date came, I got to dress up, do my hair and makeup again. I felt beautiful. I got in my car to drive to the scenic spot and everything felt new. This was my first ever maternity photo shoot. It was my first time driving in weeks. And it was one of the first times I remembered to take with me my now trusty face mask. New and different.
The whole experience was lovely and so memorable. The location Amber picked out was perfect. The light was beautiful. The water glistened. Amber helped to ease all my awkwardness with guidance on how to pose. The conversation was so needed and comforting that even if we were six feet apart, I felt close and seen.
When I got back in my car, I didn’t want to go home. I had been home for almost three months at that point outside of a grocery pickup here and there. I looked back at the water where I had been made to feel like a queen and I took three deep breaths. Amber did more than document my third and last pregnancy for me that day. She gave me space to breathe.
Ashley calls Windsor, CO home with her husband (Colton), two son's (Wesley & Hayden), and their two orange cats (Bow & Arrow aka The Ginger Boys.) She is the owner and operator for Mother Nurture LLC and is passionate about giving mothers a loving, lifelong keepsake to honor and remember their breastfeeding journey.
Mother Nature is Northern Colorado's original breast milk keepsake artist. I am setting the gold standard in breast milk keepsakes and I aim to capture a mother’s physical representations of their life journey within beautifully handmade keepsakes.
My vision grew from an idea and passion behind the significance of a mother's breastfeeding journey. Mother Nature captures the pure essence and feeling behind a physical and emotional aspect of someone's life, by taking their items which represent their journey, and hand crafting them into delicate jewelry and other pieces in which they can hold onto forever.
Care, Love and Pride
I am changing the way breast milk is seen by establishing a professional service with heart and soul. I place the utmost care and love into each piece I create, and treat them with respect and care for which they deserve. I take pride in creating these lifelong keepsakes.
Hand crafting such a special piece of art isn't just about placing materials together, it's about you and what makes your journey unique. It's about celebrating your goals and capturing the most amazing moments. The moments in which you may have had to overcome fear and struggles with such determination as well as the sweet, nurturing moments you never want to forget.
Your story matters and should be captured with love. “Inspired by life, handmade with love.”
What would these pearls represent for you in your journey? Let us know in the comments.
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Amber Sullivan- Northern Colorado Photographer
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