Mother’s Day Series: Helen

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 when she thinks of her flaws,

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 when she thinks of her flaws, they’re endless. She doesn’t like her nose, it’s too big.  She doesn’t like her double chin.  She doesn’t love her ears. How can one see the beauty in themselves when all they see are the flaws that have been pointed out by others?  When you hear these things enough, you start to believe it. She mentioned she felt she is lazy. When we exist in a world with so much pressure to be everything to everyone, how can one feel they are keeping up? We’re all doing our best.

Through my eyes I first noticed her laugh.  I’m not talking about a cute giggle or a fake laugh. I am talking, bent over, belly laugh, all in, topped off with a snort, kind of laugh. She makes people feel like they are the funniest person around, which also makes them want to make her laugh even more. She is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet.  She’s kind and funny and she doesn’t pretend to be anyone other than who she is.

Most importantly, through their eyes, they love EVERYTHING about their Mom.  They shared how much they love the sparkle in her eyes, her smile and the way she hugs them. They love her laugh.  They think she’s so funny. They love when she cheers for them at hockey and how she plays soccer.  But,  their “very best”, absolute and “most favorite thing” about her is that she gives them candy. After all, EVERYTHING trumps candy, right?!

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.