Being invited in to people's homes to take their photographs is a real privilege. I am lucky enough to see a little bit more of what makes your family story unique to you. Not only are you and the children more relaxed but your home is the context in which you live your lives. I love that I get to help preserve those memories of... 'do you remember when...?' At home, I approach your family photography session as a documentary session, capturing your family life as authentically as possible. These lovely girls were ace to hang out with on a Saturday afternoon at home.
Motherhood in photographs is a vast spectrum of images and everyone has a different idea of what motherhood looks like. It often depends on your own experience of motherhood, of the influences you have had in your life, of the idea of what society deems it should look like or even the images that fill your social media timelines. The reality is motherhood is different for everyone and that is amazing. We all have different lives that we have created for ourselves and to me, the value of your images of motherhood is that they mean something to you. Photographs in your home, your space are often the ones where you are most at ease.
As mums, all too often we don't see ourselves in those pictures of motherhood but we are the ones living exactly that. Photographs can help to tell the story of your motherhood; the firsts, the exploration, enjoying the little things and, of course, those cuddles. And most importantly to me, it is about real life motherhood, letting your kids know that you were there too and very much part of their everyday life.
So here are a few images of my favourite images, sometimes it not about the 'perfect' picture but about the story that it tells...
Considering how much I love taking photographs of others, I'm not a particularly keen on being photographed. But as a photographer and as a mother I know how much I value being in the frame with my kids and to prove I was part of their childhood too! Taken as part of the 30 day September Challenge