Most mothers celebrate the achievements of their children, but
a local fundraiser has instead centered the limelight on their own accomplishments — including
the fortitude involved in being a parent.
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.
“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.’”
Community support for the calendars was also overwhelming.
“We had a lot of local businesses that sponsored administrative costs,” Forrester said. “Go Postal also gave us an extremely generous donation for printing costs. The calendar looks like a national brand product.”
While samples of some of the High Country’s beauties can be viewed on the Mountain Mamas Facebook page, Forrester said the identities of the women featured in the actual calendar have yet to be revealed. “It’s going to be a compete surprise,” she said.
The calendars are now available for presale at http://www.mountainmamascalendar.com.
Forrester said whoever buys a calendar before Nov. 3 will be entered in a chance to win a free glamour photography shoot session.