Mother’s Day Series: Brandi

From the Mother's Day Series: "Through Mine. Through Hers. Through Theirs." A Mom's Project of beauty, self-worth and unconditional love created by Lorna Dancey of Lorna Dancey Photography.   Through her eyes, she sees her post-baby body. Her stomach,

From the Mother’s Day Series: “Through Mine. Through Hers. Through Theirs.” A Mom’s Project of beauty, self-worth and unconditional love created by Lorna Dancey of Lorna Dancey Photography.  

Through her eyes, she sees her post-baby body. Her stomach, her legs, her body is not the same as before. It’s hard because you have these beautiful children who are a gift, but your body isn’t the same and there is immense pressure from all walks of life to fit back into those pre-baby jeans.  She says learning to have patience with yourself and understanding change cannot happen overnight is difficult to come to terms with. The baby doesn’t nap during the day and is still up at night breastfeeding, so she is tired. She also struggles with asking for help. How does one ask for help when we are supposed to be wearing a supermom cape, doing and being everything to everyone?

Through my eyes, I saw confidence. She’s poised – and has a timeless, classic air to her. When she walks into a room, I see all eyes are on her.  She knows who she is and she isn’t afraid to be herself. She is graceful and elegant and reminds me of the classic beauties like Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe.  I am always in awe of a woman like her and wonder what secret she holds as there is always a little smile or smirk on her face, as if she knows something we do not.
Though his eyes,  the first thing her son sees is her eyebrows. Yes, I laughed so hard!  But, you know he’s right! She does have amazing eyebrows. Finally, he said, “My Mom?  She’s fun! She’s nice and she has a nice smile.”  He continued on to say, “Her snuggles are the best. I love when she reads to me.”   He also loves when she gives him cereal, bear paws and, most of all, when she dances to ‘Uptown Funk’ – especially in that order! 


The Mom Project:  ‘Through Mine, Through Tours, Through Theirs’ was created out of teaching self-love.  As a photographer, Lorna Dancey wanted to inspire all Mom’s to be kind to themselves and see the good in everything they do and in every way they love. Lorna asked Mom’s one-by-one how they saw themselves. She then brought their children into the studio to share what they loved about their Mom. The results at times were life-changing.  She wanted each mom to see not what they saw as a woman or mother, but, in fact, what she saw. Most importantly, she wanted each Mom to celebrate themselves through the eyes of her own children and to see the importance of who they are so their children will do the same for themselves.


Lorna Dancey
As a social impact photographer, Lorna Dancey empowers people though her unique photography coupled with her genuine style of writing, that inspires hope and change in the world.

Lorna has the ability to capture the essence of truth in a world of unspoken and silent topics that relate to mental health, domestic abuse, cancer, homelessness and PTSD.

Lorna has interviewed and photographed over 200 individuals to draw attention and to help remove the stigma surrounding these very important topics. These topics consist of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicide, cancer and much more in hopes of helping others who struggle to not feel so alone and realize they matter; and in doing so, Lorna is able to give a face to those who suffer in silence and for us all to realize we are not alone.