Mother's Love

Weddings are a time to be shared with loved ones, and moms seem especially attuned to the symbolism of this special day.

As the images in this gallery show, watching their children move forward into this new phase of life can inspire a complex brew of emotions. From bittersweet nostalgia, to nervous excitement, to joyful optimism, the bond of mother and child is expressed in smiles, tears, laughter, quiet gestures, and knowing looks. We're happy to celebrate the nurturing love of mothers, generation after generation!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Virginia Olalla (San Sebastian, Spain) Photo by Virginia Olalla (San Sebastian, Spain)
Damiano Salvadori (Florence, Italy) Photo by Damiano Salvadori (Florence, Italy)
"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing." -Toni Morrison, Beloved
Alex Paul (New York, NY) Photo by Alex Paul (New York, NY)
Oier Aso Poza (San Sebastian, Spain) Photo by Oier Aso Poza (San Sebastian, Spain)
Donatella Barbera (Florence, Italy) Photo by Donatella Barbera (Florence, Italy)
"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories." -Honore de Balzac
Marina Ovejero (Salamanca, Spain) Photo by Marina Ovejero (Salamanca, Spain)
Miranda Zynda-Kneeland (Milwaukee, WI) Photo by Miranda Zynda-Kneeland (Milwaukee, WI)
Damiano Salvadori (Florence, Italy) Photo by Damiano Salvadori (Florence, Italy)
"Life doesn't come with a manual, it comes with a mother." - Unknown
Chiara Ridolfi (Rome, Italy) Photo by Chiara Ridolfi (Rome, Italy)
Logan Westom (Seattle, WA) Photo by Logan Westom (Seattle, WA)
"When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children." -Jessica Lange
Ilana Natasha (Madison, WI) Photo by Ilana Natasha (Madison, WI)
Sven Soetens (Ghent, Belgium) Photo by Sven Soetens (Ghent, Belgium)
"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws." - Barbara Kingsolver
Kristen Wynn (Pittsburgh, PA) Photo by Kristen Wynn (Pittsburgh, PA)
Nick Giardina (Central New Jersey) Photo by Nick Giardina (Central New Jersey)
Kelly Giardina (Central New Jersey) Photo by Kelly Giardina (Central New Jersey)
Nayara Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Photo by Nayara Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Christoforos Mechanezidis (Frankfurt, Germany) Photo by Christoforos Mechanezidis (Frankfurt, Germany)
"Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It's huge and scary-it's an act of infinite optimism." -Gilda Radner
Kathleen Dunn (Lyon, France) Photo by Kathleen Dunn (Lyon, France)
"When you look into your mother's eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth." - Mitch Albom
Jesse La Plante (Denver, CO) Photo by Jesse La Plante (Denver, CO)
Lucy Schultz (Denver, CO) Photo by Lucy Schultz (Denver, CO)
David Pommier (Nimes, France) Photo by David Pommier (Nimes, France)
"It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?" -Mahatma Gandhi
Nayara Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Photo by Nayara Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Moana Wu (Shanghai, China) Photo by Moana Wu (Shanghai, China)
Greyci Moser (Florianópolis, Brazil) Photo by Greyci Moser (Florianópolis, Brazil)
Dave Shay (Chapel Hill, NC) Photo by Dave Shay (Chapel Hill, NC)
Marina Ovejero (Salamanca, Spain) Photo by Marina Ovejero (Salamanca, Spain)
"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." -Abraham Lincoln
Virginia Olalla (San Sebastian, Spain) Photo by Virginia Olalla (San Sebastian, Spain)
Sven Soetens (Ghent, Belgium) Photo by Sven Soetens (Ghent, Belgium)
Rosa Engel (Cologne, Germany) Photo by Rosa Engel (Cologne, Germany)
"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." - Maya Angelou
Greyci Moser (Florianópolis, Brazil) Photo by Greyci Moser (Florianópolis, Brazil)
Ana Paula Lobato (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) Photo by Ana Paula Lobato (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Mike Dumonceau (Riviera Maya, Mexico) Photo by Mike Dumonceau (Riviera Maya, Mexico)
Elisa Bellanti (Sicily, Italy) Photo by Elisa Bellanti (Sicily, Italy)
David Hofman (Brasilia, Brazil) Photo by David Hofman (Brasilia, Brazil)
Virginia Olalla (San Sebastian, Spain) Photo by Virginia Olalla (San Sebastian, Spain)
Julian Barreto (Colombia) Photo by Julian Barreto (Colombia)
"Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved." -Erich Fromm
Alex Paul (New York, NY) Photo by Alex Paul (New York, NY)
Silviu Monor (Suceava, Romania) Photo by Silviu Monor (Suceava, Romania)
Marina Ovejero (Salamanca, Spain) Photo by Marina Ovejero (Salamanca, Spain)
Robin Zhang (Toronto, ON) Photo by Robin Zhang (Toronto, ON)
Oier Aso Poza (San Sebastian, Spain) Photo by Oier Aso Poza (San Sebastian, Spain)
Donatella Barbera (Florence, Italy) Photo by Donatella Barbera (Florence, Italy)
Cláudia Amorim (Brasilia, Brazil) Photo by Cláudia Amorim (Brasilia, Brazil)
Karina Leonenko (Cyprus) Photo by Karina Leonenko (Cyprus)
We are born of love; Love is our mother." - Rumi
Jorge Elisburu (San Sebastian, Spain) Photo by Jorge Elisburu (San Sebastian, Spain)
David Hofman (Brasilia, Brazil) Photo by David Hofman (Brasilia, Brazil)
"If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way mom told you to in the beginning." - Unknown
Simona Cancelli (Sicily, Italy) Photo by Simona Cancelli (Sicily, Italy)
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." - Mark Twain
Rosa Engel (Cologne, Germany) Photo by Rosa Engel (Cologne, Germany)
Alberto Guinea (Madrid, Spain) Photo by Alberto Guinea (Madrid, Spain)
Logan Westom (Seattle, WA) Photo by Logan Westom (Seattle, WA)
"Motherhood: all love begins and ends there." -Robert Browning
Kristen Wynn (Pittsburgh, PA) Photo by Kristen Wynn (Pittsburgh, PA)
All photographs in this special gallery were chosen by the members of Fearless Photographers.

We wish you all a wonderful Mother's Day!
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