Five-year-old's photo captures beauty of motherhood

The photo taken by Kelli's son Taj.
The photo taken by Kelli's son Taj. Photo: Facebook

There was no make-up or special outfits and hairdos, but the five-year-old boy who took this picture managed to capture the essence of motherhood as well as any professional photographer.

Kelli Bannister posted the candid photo on The Barefoot Mum Facebook page last week and explained how the picture came about. 

"I was debating whether or not to post this, but this is real, raw, and one of the absolute worst parts of Motherhood that at some stage, we will all go through!!" she wrote.

 "The part nothing or no-one can prepare you for, the part where you would give every ounce of your entire being to make your poor baby feel okay again.  

"Every cry and every tear makes your heart break just that little bit more and your only wish is that it was you instead. I haven't slept in days and am physically and mentally exhausted myself, but as all mums do, we keep going!"

Kelli, a 30-year-old  photographer from Perth, said her 20-month-old daughter Summer was "coughing, being sick and working herself up into a frenzy".

"My mumma instincts kicked in and I put us both in the shower, with the soothing sound of running water and the warmth touching our skin, she was calm within minutes.

It was then that Kelli's five-year-old son Taj came into the room with his mum's phone to tell her she had received a text message. 

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The little boy then used the phone to take the stunning image of mother and daughter.

"Such a raw emotive moment of Motherhood in all her glory ... messy bun and all!!" Kelli wrote.

The beautiful photo has been shared more than 4000 times since Kelli posted it last week and received thousands of comments.

"It doesn't get any easier even when they're all grown up. Every tear every bit of pain they go through you just want to gather them up in your arms (even dragging them into the shower if need be)," one fan wrote on the post. 

"They will always be your babies and you will always feel their pain."