Category Archives: Motherhood with a Camera

“i put on handcuffs and leg ironsand now i sprint.” – anna swir   there are years of my life that still make my hands shake. if i told you in person you would hear my jaw tremble as my teeth click together. if you took my hands you would feel them go cold. it […]

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  • Life with Kaishon - Oh, Amy. I knew you had a big story the very first time I ever saw an image of yours. Something about it gripped me. I saw the love you had for your little one in that first image, but I saw something more.

    You are brave to share. I am thankful that your light is shining brightly now in a safe place.

    You inspire me.

    Much love,
    BeckyReplyCancel

  • Melissa Gray - As always, so moving. Every time i read your posts tears well up in my eyes. But it’s a good feeling.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lucy Lockheart - Once again, Amy Grace leaves me speechless. You inspire me more than you’ll know — for your candor, your words, your grace. I am so blessed to know you. xoxoReplyCancel

  • steph - thank you. just thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Wibowo - I love Amy. The end.ReplyCancel

  • naomi - Amazing, as always. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • carleigh - you will never be alone amy. beautiful words. moving story. wonderful life.ReplyCancel

  • alpana - hugs Amy. We have spoken of this before but to see your words in print leaves me speechless. You are truly amazing to bare your soul and share what might help many other women that have been there and perhaps don’t have the courage to. You are their shinning light. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Sara T - When truth and light collide. I cannot even imagine a life you just described. What courage, bravery and strength it just took to post this is beyond me. Your healing is your art. It is so refreshing. Noone else can tell or photograph your story like you can. Thank you for sharing it. Let these words and photos be the light for someone who hears your story and has the strength to get out. You are amazing, friend.ReplyCancel

  • krista resnick - Amy you are courage. Your healing and your story are a breath of life into my soul. Honestly is such a beautiful thing. WE learn so much from one another when we bare our souls and choose to not hide any longer. thank you amy-for being the brave woman to bare yours…ReplyCancel

  • Popster - Your candor, insights, and eloquence elevate and heal. So many of us are wounded healers…ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - I knew there was something different about you from the very first image of yours my eyes so luckily were drawn to. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. It’s just remarkable!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Wood - I would tell you how much I loved this, if I wasn’t so busy trying to see through the tears. Please never stop what you do, I need words like yours in my life. <3ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Your courage is spectacular Amy. Anyone who can walk out a door and close it behind them and move on and make their life better deserves to have their story read. Keep telling your story. You will inspire many others. I have shivers down my spine from reading this, like someone is walking directly behind me and blowing Siberian air my way. I think you are amazing. Your words and their story, are fabulous. Your words are stories in themselves, stories about stories about stories, everything wrapped up like an onion. Cutting through the layers you know you are going to cry. xx I only “know” you a short time, but you are amazing and inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - So beautiful. Thank you for sharing, you give hope in your words and your beautiful images. xoReplyCancel

  • Cherish Bryck - Amy. You continue to inspire me. Your words and images are raw and powerful. You are soul to be reckoned with. Keep shining your light.ReplyCancel

  • jules - my brave beautiful friend. I know what a hard story that was to share. I’m sure there were many tears as you composed this post. I hope that you feel a huge weight off of your shoulders. I’m so proud of you and beyond blessed to call you my friend! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Dawn Shiree - Beauty from ashes… it’s a story many of us have in common and you are a beacon of light for all of us. Thank you, dear friend, for your bravery and honesty and transparency and authenticity… so much to find in one humble soul. You wear it all so very beautifully and I do mean beautifully. xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Leimbach - My heart is happy that you found “the love” you deserve so much. It’s interesting to me that when we come from places that most wouldn’t understand, everything seems more bright and shinny once we have emerged. I’m glad you didn’t give up and that life saw fit to give you this voice.ReplyCancel

  • Val Spring - My dear beautiful Amy, how I admire your strength and heart and soul and words. You are an incredible human being and reading about what you’ve been through and seeing the way you choose to heal, always pouring your heart in your amazing art, and being an incredible nurturing mom and wife and making your family a wholesome one. I admire you, you have no idea how much. I wish I could give you a long tight hug right now. I wish you to live a happily ever after life. You deserve laughter and smiles and love, lots and lots of it.ReplyCancel

  • Solene - Thank you Amy …ReplyCancel

  • Gina - instinctively, I knew there was real depth to your words and images the very first time I read and saw them. they continued to draw me in. it is sad and beautiful that the pain one endures can ultimately create such beauty. in the end, we should be thankful for that. you are truly blessed and very brave. by sharing your story, you can not help but give strength to others. I wish you unending peace, joy and love. xxooReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - I feel like I have so much to say to you but I’m not sure how to say it. I can’t even imagine the life you described it feels me with so many emotions. Anger, sadness, disbelief. You truly are such a strong person. Thanks so much for being so open, I feel like i know you on such a deeper level now. Hugs my friend!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - ” and the love for her was the child of the love i needed for myself.” man that just hit me.ReplyCancel

  • yan palmer - what a huge swoosh of incredible you are. your words and your images that are so obviously a reflection of your heart. so few people achieve such an accurate depiction of the latter with the former. as i read i found myself nodding vigorously and wanting to write down your words as quotes in my notebook. “the darkness that anchors my light.” and what a burning light it is. we’re so lucky you share with us, and it is now a life goal of mine to meet you in the flesh. p.s. so excited to follow this project. p.p.s. write a book if you haven’t already! the imagery (i don’t mean the photos) you use to convey such profound insights! wow.ReplyCancel

  • Breanna - chills Amy. You are an amazing soul & so incredibly strong xoxoReplyCancel

  • Brittany - The world is made more beautiful because of what you share. Your love, words and images brings peace and hope. You truly amaze me.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Mayo - I am speechless at your story and your courage to share it. The way you articulate your heart in words and images is so profound. Your wisdom and raw beauty are evident in every bit—they tell your story. xoReplyCancel

  • Barbara - I have always believed that we photograph to capture the details of our lives and what we see matters. What cannot be seen in a photograph, can often be felt. I am so sorry to hear what you have been through, and I am proud of you for surviving and getting out.ReplyCancel

  In a room, a rhyme, a song. In the box, in books: each element An instrument, the body Still straining to parrot The spirit, a being of air. – robert pinsky   i make my daughter playlists all the time. but we call them mix tapes. it is what they really are. an act […]

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  • Jenna Reich - This rings so true for me, the moment I became a mother was the beginning of an endless journey of hope. I am always, and forever will be, engrossed in them and hoping I’m giving them everything they need to enjoy this life, after all it’s so, so short.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Wilson - Amy Grace I appreciate your beautiful writing so much. You find a way to articulate the nuances of being human and of being a mother. I especially appreciated this blog post as I have a 14 year old daughter. You put words to my own emotions. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Lacey Dodd - Oh light divine…ReplyCancel

  • Mary Griffiths - Oh Amy, your words and photos are beautiful, thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  There’s no ghosts in the graveyard That’s not where they live They float in between us ‘what is’ and ‘what if’ And cast our own shadows Before our own eyes You don’t get them up here though They don’t come up high Joy to the city The parking lot lights The lion of evening […]

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  • Emily - I’m thinking of you slipping on that sweater… and then these images make sense to me. The dreamlike, emotional way you always create images. xoxo, friend.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie W - Amy, you never fail to amaze me, both with your images and true words. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Siobhainin - WOW Amy your words are as breathtakingly beautiful as your photographs…. I sometimes have to re read because I get lost in the words… AMAZINGReplyCancel

  • Cherish Bryck - Amy – you have such a talent for capturing real, raw emotions.ReplyCancel

  • Candy - I long to hear words like this, though not the same circumstance, I have many wounds inside. Words of any kind of comfort. Ty for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • jennifer warthan - making my way through this… so many things i recognize and it’s hard to read through so many tears. thank you for writing these words…ReplyCancel

  • melissa stanfield - Transcending!! like a voice that echos in the night, a voice that never fades. a life that transforms our very existence and moves us into a world we didn’t know existed! i know the words you speak as if they are my garments.
    when i read your writings, your heart…i’m truly taken in by each word as if somehow they speak another language to the depths of the road we all travel. somehow they infuse some kind of healing to those lost places.
    amy, your heart is a gift!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Urban - Amy, thank you for these beautiful words. ♥ReplyCancel

  • tim - such great words so well written. amazing are your photographs which i have followed for some time now…but the words…wow. so heart felt and real. love.ReplyCancel

  • Val Spring - Amy, you have no idea how much your images and words touch me and many people. You are a very special person and you are raising your kids to be amazing human beings. I’m sure your bother is smiling because of that. I wish I could give you a a big hug because you do so much good. Thanks you for this post and for pouring your your soul out on everything you write and capture.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Dear Amy. Thank you for sharing these pieces of you. I see your brother’s presence in all your photos. You most definitely see for two. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • parikha - Amy, this is all so incredibly beautiful. The words as well as the images. <3ReplyCancel

    “true, you have to be an expert to live here. part of the trick is not to go anywhere, lounge about, go slowly in the midst of the rush for novelty. anyway, besides the eats the big event is the streets, which are full of love — we hug and kiss a lot.” […]

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  • Jennifer Warthan - As with everything else you touch, you make your home look beautiful.

    I live in an old home with dark wood walls but it’s us. I try to embrace the coziness it gives my images!ReplyCancel

  • alpana - These are beautiful, Amy! The third b/w one is just so raw and real. I can so relate to your yearnings although I suspect your images will tell the story of wherever you are or go. I love old houses myself and our “new” home is far from perfect. I miss our old house in India which is no more and just a pile of concrete rubble that will someday be a skyscraper without character. xo.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Boyer - I look forward to this post each week, Amy. I have a feeling if we were to meet for coffee, it would be a VERY long visit. I find myself thinking about your words throughout the day. They are important. And they are real. And your images are always equally so. xxooReplyCancel

  • shelby brakken - these are gorgeous. love them all.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - So beautiful. Your words and images speak to my heart so much, Amy.ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - What a sweet post to read at the end of this day : ). I always love how your words and images melt together.

    You are my favorite : ).ReplyCancel

  • melissa - your words linger long after i have read them. every. single. time. i admire and am in awe of your honesty and vulnerability. you are lovely and interesting and beautiful – inside and out. so thankful to know you, friend. big hugs.ReplyCancel

“to live in this world you must be able to do three things to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go” – mary oliver so many moments with you make me want […]

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  • Life with Kaishon - I love these photos.
    I love the life that Amy so perfectly captures. She is one of my favorite photographers ever : ).ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Gray - As always, stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - Oh Amy, I want to swallow these words whole. They are the feelings I have about motherhood and the change it forced in me.. One that I am so grateful and privileged to have. <3ReplyCancel