Happy Mother’s Day

There is nothing like a mother’s love. Today we honor our mothers and let them know how much they mean to us. Moms…I hope your family got the memo that you were taking the day off, kicking back and letting the day take care of itself.

I’ve been blessed with the love of an incredible woman who has dedicated her life to raising our daughters. She works part time so she can be present every day for her girls. We live modestly, having made the decision that family comes first. Not the pursuit of money or careers. Tammy adores her girls and lives for summer when she can be with them— laughing and playing, soaking up the sun. We always joke with our girls that it’s a good thing they have their mom because if it was just dad; well let’s say things wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. I can’t think of a better person that exemplifies being a mother. But don’t take my word for it, you can read all about it on her blog.

Conjuring the Moment (dedicated to my wife) was photographed with a Horseman 4×5 View Camera . Sitting outside my house one summer afternoon, drinking the coldest and most refreshing beer in town, I decided to set up my 4×5 view camera and shoot a few color Polaroids. For those of you not familiar with a view camera, it’s one of those old fashioned looking cameras where you pull the black cloth over your head to focus the image on the ground glass screen. To this day, that camera was my favorite and I miss the ritual and methodology of setting up and shooting. Everything was upside down and backwards, so it kind of forced you to see things with a pure sense of composition. You only exposed one sheet of postcard sized film at a time, so you had to slow down when shooting. A great way to learn about capturing the moment.

Red Rose on 4x5 Polaroid by Randy Kepple Photographs

The Mother’s Day that we celebrate in the United States (which was copied from a similar holiday in England) was started by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War. Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation.

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Listen to this, according to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States. Probably because so many fathers can’t cook! Fortunately for my wife, I love to cook and will be firing up the grill for a special dinner. Hugs and kisses to all those women who are mothers, you hold a special place in our hearts. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  1. Erio

    Fantastic photograph! I’d be missing that Horseman about now if I were you…

  2. Randy

    I miss working with the 4×5, but these days the cost of Polaroids would be prohibitive. Besides, it’s getting harder and harder to find a lab that still makes custom prints by hand. Now, putting a digital back onto my Horseman 4×5 would be another story! 🙂


  3. Tammy

    Thanks sweetheart. I love that you posted one of the very first photographs you gave me when we first met. I love this image. It means so much to me knowing you think I’m a good mom. I feel like I’ve achieved my goal, with your help of course! Being a mother to your child is the greatest gift from God. It’s made me a better mom for Megan and Kara. Our life is not easy but it’s ours and we appreciate it. Thanks for being there with me everytime we jump off the cliff!