Place in Time, with Emeiko and Mariko
This story features beautiful mama Emeiko and her gentle daughter Mariko.
After meeting them, I instantly recognized a unique bond shared, a rhythmic kind of partnership.
A tenderness and gracefulness that captivated me. As a photographer, when this happens, my mind shifts from simply documenting to creating art out of interaction.
I’ve transitioned into a Motherhood photographer over the course of the past three years, after relating so purely with my subjects. This type of art is new with every mother I meet. It’s where photography meets poetry. Where images carry weight and substance, not just beauty.
Once I began shooting these two, it felt more like a dance than a session. I studied their movement, their pace and was filled with such happiness for the life they were embarking on together.
When you look back on your pre-mama self, in which way were you different?
Looking back on my pre-mama self, I've never felt so vulnerable and filled with emotion quite like I do in this new role. I've experienced so many highs and lows that it has made me look at myself in a new light both physically and emotionally. I have never been more proud of my body and its ability to help grow and nourish this little human being. My pre-mama self was always excited to become a mother, however I could never have anticipated the motherly love that I have for my child, that is so much bigger and satisfying than anything else. A love that is quite simply fundamental, I now can't see how it could be any other way.
What do you think your daughter was brought into your world to teach you? What do you hope to teach her?
This precious little girl has taught me so much in such a short amount of time. She has taught me about strength, about patience, about love and about myself. She has opened my eyes to help me see the strong woman that I am. To feel proud of the journey that brought her into this world. To feel a love like no other with a full heart. Every day she teaches me something about myself and about being a mother. This is such an exciting time to raise a girl and I hope to teach her the very same things that she has taught me - to be a strong, loving woman ready to take on the world.
What do you see in your little girl that you hope and pray will always be a part of her spirit?
She is such a sweet, happy and expressive girl. She is also quite the curious little gal who always wants to be a part of the action. I hope she continues to explore the world with wonder and follows her heart wherever it may lead.
What’s one memory with your daughter that you wish you could relive time and time again?
There are so many moments with her where I pause to take it in and hope they never end. She changes so much every day that I often get emotional and become acutely aware of how fleeting these times are. Right now, our naps and cuddle time are some of my most treasured moments - when it's just the two of us and I get to soak her all in. When my kisses on her forehead help her to relax and let go. When she slowly shuts her eyes to fall asleep, cuddled up next to me. I love to listen to her breath, to take in her smell and to feel her little body so close to mine. This peaceful time is so special and something I want to live and cherish forever.