I had the blessing of growing up in a small village that you can only access by boat on the Pacific coast of central Mèxcio, you could assume I have a deep love affair with this place and you would be correct. I left when I was 13 to study in the USA. I return here as often as I can to visit my beautiful mother, one of my biggest inspirations and sheros who still lives on a hillside in a brick home she built with her very own hands.
My mom (who breastfed me until I was 5) surprised me with tickets to come visit with my son and we got here 3 days ago. I decided this time to bring my favorite Nikon, my prime 1.4 50mm and my beloved cordless B1 light and Elianchrom octabox and search for some mothers to highlight. I realized that this was the time to begin a photo and story series on Mexican mothers that I have been wanting to do for over 2 years, specifically of breastfeeding mothers as the percentage of breastfeeding mothers in Mèxico is among the lowest in all of Latin America. A few years ago Mexico tried to do a breastfeeding campaign that failed to inspire most mothers (I received hundreds or emails from upset Mexican mothers about the subject). I would love to create an empowering series with an everyday goddess approach of Mexican breastfeeding women. Nicole was the first (of what I hope to be thousands!) to invite me into her home and stand before my lens.
When I asked her to stand in front of her laundry line, she laughed and said something about how out of all the places I picked her messy laundry area? But as I searched her home for other places to shoot, she peacefully stood in front of her laundry line quietly breastfeeding her 8 week old second son that she had birthed unassisted in her home with her husband and her toddler and I discreetly wiped away tears that mixed with my sweat because she looked like Virgen De Guapalupe and I was profoundly moved. I would encourage all of you to follow this beautiful mama, a rad birth advocate, on Instagram: @bfloinmexico and @uliseslguerrerophotography