Respect for the Mama's / by Jen Arron

When I look back on the time my son was just born, it's a blur of sheer emotion & love. At the same time there was a lot of panic and, let's face it, borderline insanity - that's how I felt. I'm just going to say the thing you're not supposed to say: Becoming a mother didn't come naturally to me. I mean, the love I felt was enormous, but the actual 'mothering' part took a lot of getting used to.

So when I go to photograph a family who's just had their 3rd child, I am almost always blown away by how calm and patient the parents are. This was the case at Dani & Avi's house last week. Imagine 3 kids under 4 years old. Like wait - THREE KIDS UNDER FOUR YEARS OLD!!!!

I learned so much about patience from Dani's mothering style (which was true from our very first shoot with their eldest child). She was so composed and handled all the action with incredible grace. When I sit back and reflect, I am so grateful I get to be around other mothers in this way. Surely their wisdom has had some effect on me as I parent my son. Let's hope so!