"that mom" is a series of inspirational women who
share their thoughts on motherhood, style and grace.
by lee kriel
About a year ago, I received an email from Courtney Park-Jamborsky, a woman I knew from my hometown. We went to high school together. And she wanted to set up a session with me. I was a little surprised as I had no idea she even knew that I existed back in our high school days. I was her brother's year and she was an upper class woman with amazing style who I always admired from afar. And here she was, writing me, to photograph her family. I was flattered. And nervous. But she made me feel at ease from the minute we started corresponding.
Courtney is a Restonian, one of the original families from our hometown, Reston, a planned community in Northern Virginia. Her local loyalty is impressive and she makes the ever growing community still feel like a close knit one. I loved hearing her stories about some fond landmarks to include Lake Anne Shopping Center and how she remembered my mom. My heartstrings ached as I miss so much about that place and the people that shaped me.
Along with her busy life as a mom, Courtney is the Director for the Reston Interfaith/Laurel Learning Center Child Development Center. LLC is a division of a social service agency that provides high quality child care for low to moderate income families. Her family has always been active in our community and I am sure she excels in her position.
Courtney's personal style is classically unique. She mentioned her inspiration is borrowed from some of her favorite designers, Charles and Ray Eames, Enzo Mari and Marimekko. Artists include Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lictenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Alexander Calder and Lynn Whipple. And a few of her favorite photographers are Annie Leibovitz, Bill Cunningham, Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, Dorothea Lange and Dyanna Delaney (her mom). Note to self: no pressure.
I knew I wanted to feature her in this series and thought you should get to know her too, along with her darling husband Danny, and her gorgeous daughters Ellie and Sailor. Here are a few of her thoughts on being a mom.
Thank you for your candidness Courtney. xo