March 3, 2021

Powerful Photos By Romanian Artist Capturing The Beauty of Motherhood Around The World

Romanian-born photographer Mihaela Noroc has been photographing women around the world for since 2013.

In 2017, she released a book called The Atlas of Beauty with 500 portraits of women from over 50 countries. While travelling and working on her book, Mihaela also documented and photographed motherhood, sharing the tales of unconditional compassion and love between a mother and a child through her heartwarming images. Mihaela received her first camera at 16 years and her first subjects were her mother and sister.

She abandoned photography after her teachers at university discouraged her from pursuing it professionally. But in 2013, she travelled to Ethiopia, and this trip inspired her to return to photography.

Writing on the independent-photo.com, she says, “Real beauty has no bounds. One can find it anywhere, in a village or in a skyscraper, in a gesture, in an intense gaze or in some wrinkles: Real beauty is in our differences.”

Scroll down and take a look at what it’s like being a mother all across the world.

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#1 Near Reykjavik, Iceland


Andrea, an adventure guide, and her son Benjamin.

So far, the photographer has captured glimpses into the lives of 26 mothers around the world. Noroc says that the amount of context she can provide around each portrait changes each time.

“I sometimes feel that the photos of mothers with their children tell so much and a longer caption would only spoil the charm. But there’s always intimate chemistry between them. And there’s always so much beauty and kindness in these special moments.” Noroc shared on platforms.

#2 Tokyo, Japan

Shiori and her seven months old daughter, Kanade.

#3 Andes Mountains, Peru


Juliana and her son Alex.

Mihaela herself became a mother in August 2018 and this made her even more motivated to continue her project. She’s now traveling the world with her little daughter. In two years, little Natalia has traveled with her mother to 28 countries on 6 continents, meeting many amazing women.

#4 Refugee Camp, Greece


This mother and her daughters fled the war in Syria.

#5 Kolkata, India


Arpita and her son.

However, just like everybody else, Mihaela too was affected by the outbreak of the worldwide pandemic.

“In January, we were in China when a mysterious virus started to make news in the country. Back home, in Europe, nobody cared about it, but being a few hundred kilometers away from the epicenter, seeing what was happening around us made me realize that our world would change a lot,” Noroc shared on her Instagram. “We’ve been fortunate enough to get back home safely, in Romania, and find a place with a courtyard during the lockdown. Although we can’t move, we can at least see the sky. I look at it and I’m wondering when we will be back there, on a plane, traveling to a new destination to meet new amazing women?”

#6 Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Ethiopian mother and son.

#7 San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala

The mother created all these splendid outfits.

As a mother herself, Mihaela hopes to learn from this crisis and create a more beautiful and equal world where her daughter Natalia can live peacefully.

“There are many more stories waiting to be discovered and now, as a mother, I feel an even stronger desire to bring my small contribution to making this world a better place for future generations.” She wrote on her Instagram.

#8 Italy

The daughter, Caterina, is a ballerina and her biggest supporter is her mother, Barbara.

#9 Kathmandu, Nepal

Upasha and her daugher Prayusha.

#10 Tehran, Iran

Leila and her son Abtin.

#11 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rachelle told the photographer: “We are resting after a long day at work.”

#12 New York, USA

Jenny and her daughter Lily were having a walk around the neighborhood.

#13 Kathmandu, Nepal

A Hindu mother and her boy.

#14 Bucharest, Romania

Carmen and her daughters, Ranya and Zara.

#15 Portugal

#16 Australia

She’s a wonderful artist from Australia and a beautiful mother.

#17 Tel Aviv, Israel

Mother and her daughters.

#18 Chisinau, Moldova

Ina and her one month baby.

#19 Osh, Kyrgysztan

Mother and son

#20 Kolkata, India

Tabassum moved here from Bangladesh in hope of a better life for her daughter.

#21 Guangzhou, China

She was on the way to the hospital to give birth.

#22 Mumbai, India

#23 France

#24 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Mother and her daughters.

#25 Berlin, Germany

Summer day in the park.

#26. Great Britain