Imagine a magical morning spent documenting the routine moments between a mother and her children in their normal, everyday life, and you have the latest project in the works by Kansas City, Missouri photographer Ashley Parsons. Ashley came up with this project after spending a rainy day morning in the home of her friend, Amanda Watters, where she observed heavenly little moments shared between Amanda and her children that no one else in the world would ever really see. Fruit diced and cereal poured. Spilled milk wiped from the floor. Dishes cleared. The little one picked up and placed upon mama’s hip, just above the belly where the newest addition to the family is cozily growing. Coffee is warmed for the third time as the sound of small feet running on the stairs, shrieks of laughter and laundry tumbling in the dryer create their own unique tune. The days are repetitive and small voices ask for the same things over and over again. But there is beauty in the mayhem, and one day that voice grows up a little bit. The “mama” turns to “mommy” and then to just “mom.” One day no one needs your help to get their milk and the foot steps on the stairs grow longer and more measured.
Ashley remembers this period from her own life that was filled with long, slow hours mixed with rich joy: the lack of a few moments to shower in solitude, a sink full of dishes, and impromptu dance parties with an audience of two. Motherhood is it’s own special symphony and Ashley began this project to celebrate the reality that everyday, women are wiping noses and bottoms, cleaning up toys and giving free snuggles in order to raise the next generation of world-changing humans. Moms of small children do some of the most important and yet unobserved and thankless work in the world. There are thousands of little secrets shared between these mothers and their little ones within the four walls of their homes that go mostly unknown.
Ashley has an exciting time ahead of her as she will be visiting cities and small towns around the country this year in order to tell these stories and celebrate this beautiful reality. We look forward to following her journey and keeping up with this special project as she documents the untold stories of motherhood that are playing out everyday.