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A Mother’s Stories Made Real

When Kirsty Mitchell’s mother died of brain cancer in 2008, the 34 year-old designer and photographer found comfort in the memory of her mother’s elaborate childhood fairytales. The English teacher and writer had dreamed up fantastical tales of forest-dwelling princesses and enchanted nymphs, which she would often recite to young Kirsty before bedtime.

To help channel her grief over the loss of her mother, Kirsty turned to her photography and vowed to bring her mother’s stories to life through her lens. Collaborating with costume designer and make-up artist Elbie Van Eeden, and using locations that were only a short drive from her childhood home in Surrey, UK, Kirsty developed a series of stunning portraits to honor her mother’s memory. Her Wonderland series will soon be an exhibit and there is a book of her prints in the works.

“I just know that the day I see my mother’s name printed on the inside cover of the Wonderland book, it will feel like I have finally fulfilled my promise to myself and her precious memory.”

In celebration of Mother’s Day and the beauty and intangible magic of a mother’s heart, here are five of Kristy’s stunning photographic tributes to her mother’s fairytales.

To see more of Kirsty’s Wonderland series, click here.



Do you remember any stories your mom told you?  Share them in the comments section below.

by Andrew

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My Mother shared her stories while baking. She would measure, sift, and hand down family stories with family recipes. And people wonder why sometimes Chocolate Cake feels like love!


Thank you ! This has truly inspired me! I felt transported to a very magical place!

Linda Peterson

My mother always read to me from “A Child’s Garden of Verses”. With the way of childhood diseases in the 1940’s it was frequently by the light of a small crack at the bottom of the window shade drawn to darken the room. A few years ago I bought a copy since my childhood one is long gone. It brings me happy memories.

Ken Newman

Thanks for another inspirational morning. Everyone hit the link and view the entire gallery it’s “so” worth the time.