From the mother:
We took these pictures at a small cenote on a beach in Playa del Carmen a little after sunrise. The air was a little crisp but not cold, and Leila was happy and smiling, staring round-eyed at the trees and the water. I had a great time during the shoot thanks to Genya, who would give a couple of gentle directions from a small distance while I lost myself gazing at my baby girl. I’m really happy with the photos she took! I feel she captured the essence of the moment I’m living as a new mother.My name is Xochitl, which means flower in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. My name helped shape who I am and pushed me towards nature and its astounding beauty made up of so many vibrant colors, magical sounds and amazing sensations. One of the reasons why I decided to have a child was to experience even further all that nature has to offer. When I gave birth to Leila I knew that I wanted to obey my body and give her the best of my physical being: my milk. Not only do I nourish her growth and protect her health, but also our bond grows stronger with every feed. When she’s at my breast I gaze into her loving eyes, give her tiny hand my finger to hold on to, feel her small but strong body melt into mine, and feel truly blessed.
Photographer: Genya + Erik Shenko Photography//