Mountain Mamas calendar now on sale

By Jesse Campbell & Jeff Eason (

Article Published: Nov. 7, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 7, 2013
Mountain Mamas calendar now on sale

From left, photographer Kristin Espinosa and project co-captain Amy Forrester pose for the Mountain Mamas calendar, sales of which will benefit The Children’s Council of Watauga County.

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By capturing the beauty of local moms on film, an area photographer has gathered photos highlighting their poise for a calendar, called “Mountain Mamas.”

Proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit the Diaper Bank, which is affiliated with Who Needs a Change of the High Country, which operates under The Children’s Council of Watauga County.

The 2014 Mountain Mamas calendars are now on sale at Canyons of the Blue Ridge in Blowing Rock, Peppers Restaurant, Tazmaraz Chic Boutique, Dan’l Boone Inn, Tatum Galleries and Serendipity Salon and Boutique.

“Basically, the concept allows moms to celebrate their beauty and strength,” said project co-captain Amy Forrester.

Photographer Kristin Espinosa began her work by compiling a list of local moms to be featured.
“We wanted diversity in terms of age and body type,” Forrester said. “We wanted them to really represent the entire culture of the High Country.”

Some of the women featured in the calendar have been photographed before. Forrester said she knew many of the parents from the PTO and dance classes.

“Everyone was really excited, and no one was hesitant at all,” Forrester said. “They were all surprised. They were like, ‘Oh, you want to use me?’ We said, ‘Yes. Definitely.’”

Models for the 2014 calendar are Theresa Keller, Felicia Yarboro, Ahsley Capel, Amber Hendley, Kim Greene, Crystal Turbyfill, Tabatha Wilcox, Lindsey Ray, Karen Lehmann, Heather Sofield, Courtney Boccardy, Kim Kop, Mariesa Johnson and Jesse Rose Blalock.

Models Kristin Espinosa and Amy Forrester make a cameo on the January 2015 page.

Community support for the calendars was also overwhelming, Forrester said, adding, “We had a lot of local businesses that sponsored administrative costs… The calendar looks like a national brand product.”According to Forrester, the calendars are $16 apiece, with $10 from each one sold going to charity.

“If we can sell every calendar, we can give a minimum donation of $4,500 to the diaper bank,” she said. “Some people have even given us project donations, and those are all being given straight to the charity.” The calendars are now available for sale at

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