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This Mother’s Day, we enlisted a few of our favorite photographers to take a portrait of a mom they love—whether it’s their sister, wife or actual mother—and tell us what makes her so special...
Milly Tulk-Hart, a nurse, and her children, Aoife, 13, Finn, 7, and Willow, 3. Taken by her sister Frances Tulk-Hart. 


“My sister has been doing this mum thing for 13 years now, and she’s one of the funniest mums out there. She loves her kids to the moon and back but don’t expect her to get all sappy about it. She is refreshingly honest about the realities of parenting and will be the first to tell you how annoying, boring and Groundhog Day-ish it can get! On the flip side, she will also be the first one to chase and tickle them all into a ball of giggling madness! I had my first kid three and a half years ago and probably would be a drooling mess if it wasn’t for all her help, support and wise words. Now our kids are all growing up together, which is a dream come true. It also means we can take turns as to who opens the bottle of wine after a looooong day!” 
Frances Tulk-Hart 
Joy Sunyoung Fitzgerald, a calligrapher, illustrator and stylist, with her 2-year-old son, James. Taken by her husband James Fitzgerald III. 


“I am so grateful for the opportunity to watch Joy as a mother and to learn what it means to create, have faith, persevere and love so selflessly. Witnessing the entire process from pregnancy to two years now has been nothing short of life-changing. I’ve found that the only adequate way to respond is to do my best to capture all of these moments, so I can remind myself of the beauty, trials, growth and adventure I’ve experienced as a parent and as a husband to such an incredible woman.” 
James Fitzgerald III 
Grethe Barrett Holby, an opera director. Taken by her daughter Sophie Elgort. 


“When I was little, I decided I wanted to be a ski racer, so my mom drove me up to Vermont every weekend, arriving at 1am on Friday nights. Full of life and more energy than anyone I know, my mom is always her children’s biggest fan and champion, and all with more natural beauty and elegance than anyone else I’ve ever seen. She has taught me many things over the years, but probably the best lesson she’s passed on is the importance of bringing together family and including others as part of your family. Her dinner table is always so inviting and full of warmth—something I now aspire to myself.” 
Sophie Elgort 
Photographs by Frances Tulk-Hart, James Fitzgerald III,
and Sophie Elgort


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