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Mothers and Daughters


A portrait series taking a deeper look at the complex relationship.

Each set are being asked the same questions.

1. What is a quality or aspect of your personality you think you share?


2. What is an aspect of your personality you think is most different?


3. What is something you learned from your mother or daughter that you could not have learned from anyone else?

Joyce and Sarah

Sarah on her mom, Joyce


1. My mom and I both possess a fierce love for and devotion to family. I truly believe that my mom would do just about anything for me - give of her time, energy, money, sanity, etc.  My mom isn’t the type of parent to smother her kids with tons of physical affection or super sappy language, but I grew up with a solid understanding that I was loved and supported without question. That was such a powerful gift.


2. I am a much more worrisome person than my mom is. I tend to overanalyze decisions, which can be paralyzing at times. My mom is much more resolute when making a decision. It’s been an invaluable resource to me throughout my life that when I find myself stuck overthinking a situation, I can reach out to my mom for solid perspective and advice.


3. My value as a woman.  My mom is an intelligent, hardworking, self-assured woman, and she has always encouraged and empowered me to value myself, express my ideas and never restrict my expectations for myself based on the fact that I am female in a world that is (often) dominated by men.



Joyce on her daughter, Sara

1. My daughter and I share a strong love of family.  We will support and protect those we love. We also share a strong work ethic. Sara takes her work responsibilities seriously. She is very supportive of her staff and encourages them to do their best.


2. I do not openly show my feelings. Sara is able to demonstrate her feelings much more openly.


3. To love unconditionally. I am overcome with emotion when I look at Sara and see this strong, educated, beautiful, loving human-being and realize she is my DAUGHTER.


never restrict my expectations for myself based on the fact that I am female

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