All too often as moms, we try to portray this perfect image that we have it all together. From our curated Facebook posts to those just-right back-to-school photos, sometimes all we are willing to show are the smiley, happy moments of motherhood.
Of course, every mom knows that behind the scenes, you're only one temper tantrum or lost doll away from everything spectacularly falling apart. Which is kind of the inspiration behind photographer Anna Angenend's "Mom Life Series." As she told Pop Sugar, one day while setting up one of those too-perfect-to-be-real back-to-school photos, she had to admit to herself it was not at all realistic.
So she shot the other side of parenting; the side where her hair was as messy as her house, and you just. Want. To. Nap. Her first image was a big hit with her mommy friends, and the photo series took off from there.
Angenend—who's also the lens behind this awesome photo series featuring kids and their imaginary friends—admits her 2-year-old daughter Mia provides endless ideas for the photos, which much more closely resemble what motherhood is like than most images we are used to seeing on social media.
I love the photos that show Angenend "hiding" from her daughter, like the one above where she's in the playroom doing yoga while Mia stands outside a glass door peeking in at her. And the mess! Finally, someone is willing to show the sensational mess that comes along with having a child in your home.
And how you probably won't look your best by day's end. In fact, this hilarious mama says about the honest images, "When I am at home with a toddler 24/7 and my husband is out of town for extended periods of time, I think it is an accurate representation of how I often feel by the end of the day."
In the end, it seems Angenend is out to give us moms a good laugh. But she also says, "It's a little bit about learning to embrace these not-so-perfect parenting moments. I know I will be really missing them all too soon!"
Yup, that's what my mother means when she reminds me, "These are the best days of your life!" She's probably right, although I wouldn't mind being able to close the bathroom door once in a while!
Do Angenend's photos look like your life as a mom?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.