On Sunday 11 May we pay tribute to our mothers – the caregivers, pioneers and trailblazers writes Helen Goltz.

They are the caregivers, the pioneers, the trailblazers and the centre of the family so when American photographer and mother Jaime C. Moore wanted to capture her daughter on her fifth birthday, she shied away from pink, frilly dresses and Barbie dolls.

Instead, she wanted her daughter to look to five women who had changed the world. The results are stunning.

“I really wanted to do something different for Emma’s five year portraits,” Jaime says.

“Five is such a fun age…she has begun to think for herself with her own opinions and questions about the world around her.

“There were many different reasons why I chose these five amazing women. Not letting society’s “rules” direct their lives, they raised the bar and we should continue to.”

Jaime says she is surrounded by strong women in her life and so if she could give one piece of advice to her daughter it is “stay strong, stay true. She can do or be anything as long as she stays true to herself and is strong of heart and mind.”

bmag asked the two leading ladies of Brisbane radio — Robin Bailey from 97.3FM, Brisbane’s #1 station and Laurel Edwards from Brisbane’s #1 Commercial AM station 4KQ 693AM — to emulate Jaime C. Moore’s work and select a photo of a strong woman close to them to recreate.

Robin Bailey

Who are you representing?
My grandmother Florence James (right) who with Dymphana Cusack wrote the book Come in Spinner.

This was the publicity shot which appeared on the book sleeves when it was published in the late 1940s.

Come in Spinner tells the story of three women – their lives, loves and struggles during wartime.

Why have you chosen this photo?
Granny was such an inspirational woman.

She was a trailblazer: a single mother during and after the war, when there was no such thing as childcare.

She had a very successful career and raised two daughters and wrote a bestselling book that is still in print. This photo says all that to me.

She was also the matriarch of our family and my very loving granny; I still miss her a lot. She was a big influence on me.

My father died when I was 11, so Granny was very important as there was only my mum, my sister and Granny in my family.

What do you hope will be your legacy with your children?

I want to teach my three sons compassion and what it means to fight for what you believe in.

Granny did that, but she was also a soft place for me to land when things went wrong.

I hope with all my heart that I can give that to my sons… a strong constant presence that cares about people and the planet we all live in.

Laurel Edwards

Who are you representing?

My mum, Delcia Edwards.

Why have you chosen this photo?

I love the natural beauty of this photo. Minimal makeup highlighting Mum’s beautiful features.

What I love most about my mum is her ability to create harmony and beauty without having to pay for it.

She has always held herself with grace and confidence but never in a conceited way.

Growing up she would handmake our clothes and her own but would always look as good as women in the exclusive labels.

I remember walking through the very expensive Double Bay Sydney in the 80s and my mum was turning heads in a simple black linen dress she had hand-sewn from a McCalls pattern for $12.

What do you hope will be your legacy with your children?
My mum always taught me compassion so I would hope that is my legacy too.

I hope my children always consider others and their situation. Having a good work ethic is very important as long as it never comes at the sacrifice of family life.

Having a good work/family balance is the ultimate goal.