We are brave and beautiful: a single mom's journey back home with her son

All photos by Charo Photography.
All photos by Charo Photography.

These photos (shot by North Carolina-based Charo Photography) feature Casey, a single mother, and her son Joseph. The idea behind the photos is ingenious: the pair picked words that they would use to describe one another and wrote them on each other. The results? Totally breathtaking.

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When Charo sent us these photos via Two Bright Lights she included a bit of info:

Casey and Joseph have been through a lot together, and have developed an incredible mother-son bond. Casey wanted to commemorate this time in their lives with photos — particularly because Joseph is ten years old, and it won't be long before his interests [change]! Mom and son enjoy doing arts and crafts together, and one of Casey's ideas for our session was to write descriptive words on one another — words that each would use to describe the other. This is one of the most memorable, incredible families I've worked with.

I contacted Casey and asked if she wanted to share more of their story, and she explained it to me this way:

I can't tell you how thrilled I am with the results of our shoot — not to mention how thrilled I am just to have met Charo in the first place. We (Joseph & I) needed this. [It's] been a bumpy road for us… but all is ending well. We've moved from place to place to place over the past few years (resulting from many factors including divorce & family issues) but have finally made it back home — just the two of us. In fact, my divorce is final as of today (December 1, 2011).

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Casey also said:

The past few years have also involved me pursuing my bachelor's degree in Business Management in addition to working two or three jobs… needless to say, Joseph has been a real trooper. The photo session with Charo was symbolic of all we've been through together. We even have our own saying: "No matter what life throws at us — we know one thing that never changes — US!" I've always wanted Joseph to know that our foundation as a family is in our hearts — not where we live.

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    • This was definitely one of those things I didn't expect to hit me as deeply emotionally as it did. What a beautiful idea and striking photos. Thanks for sharing!

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  1. Very cool idea. And moving. I was a single mom for four years and I understand the special bond you develop with your kids when you go through those single-parent tough times together. All the best to you and your son.

    • Thank you so much! (You should give Charo a call and do your own photo session too! :)Best Wishes.

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  2. absolutely gorgeous, Casey has a lot of power behind her eyes. beautiful family and beautiful shoot

  3. Oh sweet family. I was so blessed to see this. I am going to be a single mother as well, and this just inspired me so much. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Great read and awesome photos. This is such a creative idea for spending quality time with your kid. Much respect from one single parent to another.

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