Childhood. Wonder. Discovery. Do you remember when you fell in love with books?
I love seeing mothers who are just brand-new at mothering. And I love meeting mothers who are about to send their not-so-little ones out of the nest.
But I have noticed that something strange happens to us, women, when we become mothers. We put our children first. (Of course, we’re there to care for them!) But we also pull ourselves out of the picture (literally!). Most of my mum’s tell me that their portrait session is all about the kids. Many of them are reluctant to step in front of my lens.
I can’t point any fingers. I am describing who I used to be. I have hard drives full of images of my daughter. Only a handful of those include me. My excuse: I’m the photographer. I’m behind the camera.
This year, I decided to take on a personal self-portrait project. This project is the best thing I have ever done. Yes, I’m capturing me. But more so, I’m capturing my daughter and I together. She loves nothing more than getting involved when I set up the tripod and the remote….and I…well, I adore these pictures of us together.
Happy Mother’s day to my mom and to all the moms out there.
This little girl was a smily and sweet and calm as her parents. We had a wonderful session…and such an enjoyable time. Thank you guys! You are a beautiful family.
What an amazing shoot this was! It isn’t often that I get to combine the joyful exuberance of a child with the self-conscious assurance of a teen on the edge of adulthood…all into one shoot. But here I did, twice-over.
Isn’t this family gorgeous? We had so much fun. There were dogs and footballs, reflections, skateboards, indoors, outdoors, laughter and lots of energy. Enjoy!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have had a wonderful and memorable Christmas-time.
I find myself thinking an awful lot about mother’s and motherhood today. (As I type this, my own mother is undergoing triple bypass surgery.) There is nothing quite like the connection between a mother and a daughter. Sisters, friends, fathers, brothers, husbands,wives…each important in its own way, but different too.
And so, with thoughts and wishes for my mother, I share this magical session. Mum and daughter. Misty fog. The Long Walk. Windsor Castle. Coloured leaves. And…a whole lot of love.
For some reason, this year, I’m intensely aware that the year is coming to a close. It has been a wonderful year, but also a difficult one in many ways. I find myself looking back in gratitude….and forward in hope. Not a bad place to be, don’t you think? ….ps. don’t you just love this quote from Tennyson?