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Chicago photographer regularly heard women complain about their bodies

She launched a project to document the beauty of mothers' bodies

About 1,000 participants have had their pictures taken

CNN  — 

It took the loss of her child for professional photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson to create the 4th Trimester Bodies Project.

Jackson has always been a professional photographer, and her work before getting pregnant with twin girls was “Windy City Pinup.”