We are brave and beautiful: a single mom's journey back home with her son #Family portraits#beach#big kids#single parents December 29 2011 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride 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. 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). Related Post Colorful urban photos of a San Franciscan family of two Melissa and her son Hai recently had their photos taken by the uber-talented Bowerbird Photography in San Francisco. They journeyed to Clarion Alley, an alley... Read more 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. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS First aid for broken vinyl toys NEXT Our queer family ditched fertility treatments to foster-to-adopt Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] What an amazing story and beautiful pictures. Ohhh I want to cry! 4 agree Reply 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! 6 agree Reply Chills and goosebumps, I tell ya. 4 agree Reply 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. Reply Thank you so much! (You should give Charo a call and do your own photo session too! :)Best Wishes. 1 agrees Reply Wow, that last photo with "beatiful" totally made me cry. 1 agrees Reply absolutely gorgeous, Casey has a lot of power behind her eyes. beautiful family and beautiful shoot Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.