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And what does my baby do while I photograph working moms? Hangs out and eats at daycare with Alexxis, Iris, Elia and his friends (or, when he’s home sick, naps while I rush to get computer work done before he wakes up). Center-based daycares like William’s are the second-most common childcare arrangement for young children of working moms in the U.S.
Tomara works in administration at a university and takes classes so she can become an academic advisor. Her work is slow while classes aren’t in session during the summer, and sometimes the afternoons drag as she waits to go pick up her son Spencer at a home daycare in her neighborhood.
In 2011, 13% of young children with working mothers in the U.S. attended home daycares like Spencer’s.
(More photos of Tomara and her wife Kamdyn here.)
Tomara used all of her sick days to supplement her short maternity leave, so she doesn’t get paid when she has to take a day off. This situation isn’t uncommon in the U.S., where 40% of workers don’t qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act’s protections.
I photographed Tomara and her wife Kamdyn as they got baby Spencer ready for the day. I’ll be photographing them as they work and live during their son’s first year.
Jen and her husband work in communications for non-profit organizations, and they are both dedicated to social justice, work and family. I recently got to photograph Jen at work and, later, giving birth at home. Her husband, friend, midwife and three-year-old daughter Olive watched as baby Wiley joined the family.
Working mothers have been in the news lately – have you noticed? We’re trying to Lean In and Have it All all over the internet and the airwaves. But working women critique these conversations, saying that Marissa Mayer’s office nursery and Sheryl Sandberg’s financial resources make their experiences out of touch with most women’s lives.
When I was pregnant, I was terrified about the ways my baby would change my work. Photography is one of the most important parts of my identity, and I didn’t know how I would integrate it into my new life. Would my finances work out? How would I schedule my unpredictable freelance needs around a child’s need for stability? Would people in my field think of me as “just a mom”?
So I started this photo project following three women who, like myself, love (and need) to work as they navigate the shifting demands of work and parenting.
I’ll be posting work from the project as I make it. This first batch follows Petrushka, the Program Manager of an arts education non-profit and mother of an eight month old girl.
(And yes, my work has changed – but I like it. More on that in another post.)
I got to photograph the Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff before the 2012 Marathon that, sadly was cancelled. But the kickoff was great. I covered Team for Kids, a group of runners who raise money for the New York Road Runners‘ school running programs. Many of the participants hadn’t been runners until they started training for the marathon with TFK and their volunteer coaches. So what’s my excuse for not running the races? Well… I have to photograph them!
I got to write a story on hurricane recovery efforts in the Rockaways, and photograph the destruction in Coney Island. The rest of the city has returned to normal, but the affected areas are in this for the forseeable future.
David and Erielle live in Minnesota, but came to New York City for an intimate wedding in Central Park. They loved to pose and have fun with the portraits, so all I had to do was get out of the way and let them do their thing – they were so good, in fact, that passers-by in the park were cheering them on.
They were so flexible and good at New York, too. When the spot they had chosen for the ceremony got too crowded, they picked another; when Erielle’s limo didn’t show up, she hailed one on the street!
A few weeks ago, I spent two days walking around Lower Manhattan, taking pictures for New York Magazine of new places that have made the neighborhood more fun and liveable recently. It was a great time – I got to take real pictures in a way that was interesting to me, the light was sweet, and at the end of the last day I had great luck with evening light and a florescent doorway.