Mother’s Day is a wonderful celebration for some, but for others it can be bittersweet, perhaps because they have lost their own mother, or don’t have the relationship they wish to have with their mother, or their relationship with their own kids is strained, or they are disappointed with the celebrations that others plan.

Some long to be mothers. Others have lost a child.

Photography can be more than documentation. Photography can be expression, gratitude, celebration. Photography can even be therapy and self-care.

Here are five ways you can take matters into your own hands and celebrate yourself and those you care about this Mother’s Day–with lovely Mother’s Day photos.

1) Get in front of the camera

This idea may fill you with horror but open yourself up to the concept of loving yourself exactly as you are. You are enough. You do enough. You deserve to be loved and you can love yourself.

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