Take Part

The Questions:

Name:

Child/children (and ages):

Location:

Expectations of Motherhood:

Reality of Motherhood:

Taking your child/children home for the first time:

The best/worst advice:

The hardest part/s of being a mother:

The best part/s of being a mother:

Has becoming a mother changed you?

*NEW QUESTION* Has your perspective on work changed since becoming a mother?

Hopes for your (growing) family:

What advice would you offer to new and expectant mums:

Any other info that will support/add to your profile:

How it works

‘The Mothers’ is a collection of stories from Mothers, told in their own words. The project has been running for 9 years and is not-for-profit; a community created entirely to support mothers.

Mothers can involve their children when taking part (or not) and can even feature anonymously if they wish.

When answering the questions, it’s good to have a minimum of about 75 words per answer, but that is only a suggestion.

When you’re done send them back to themothersphotos@gmail.com.

If you live in the Greater Manchester area, I will happily take photos to accompany your story. Bear with me, it may take a while to get back to you but I will get back to you. You can choose any location for the photos. I occasionally have to book in the shoots weeks in advance if at the weekend. Midweek shoots can usually be slotted in around my work quite quickly and easily. Shoots will take 1/1.5hrs. I will send you all (full-size) images after the shoot and you can use them however you’d like to—that’s my thank you for being part of the project. You will choose the pictures (up to 10) that go up with your piece.

If you do not live locally to me you can still take part, but please could you provide me with some images to go with your answers? These can be anything that represents your experience of motherhood.

After a spell-check, and a small ‘edit’ (making sure there’s no missing words/punctuation) your answers will be posted on the site. In essence, what you send is what will be posted on the site.

You may find if there’s a queue of stories ready to go up on the site there may be a few weeks between writing your answers to being uploaded on to the site. You can update your answers at any time before the post goes live.

When the piece is ready to go live, one or more of your pictures will be shared on the project’s Facebook and Instagram sites, but do let me know if you have any worries about this.

If you would like to take part, but have concerns about having your face or your children’s faces on the photographs, please do get in touch. We can be creative with photos, and it is absolutely your choice which images get used in the piece. I like everyone to feel comfortable before anything is shared, and this means the process is always collaborative.

The Mothers Project set out to represent all Mothers. If you’re curious about being part of the project, but are worried that your story doesn’t align with ones already represented in the project, please don’t be put off. I would like to offer every mother a voice. If you have any queries contact me at themothersphotos@gmail.com  

*Nb. I can only offer photography to mums in the Greater Manchester area as this is not-for-profit and I fund all travel costs myself.  

Thanks, Bec