I realised with a sinking heart that I have very few images of me being a mother when my kids were babies.
But I know this is what inspires me to photograph ‘in the trenches’ for other mothers.
I want to say to all mums: “You MUST have a documentary session of your family while it’s all SO HARD!” You might not feel that you want evidence of the piles of laundry, the minefield of Lego in the hallway, the half-finished renovations or myriad other scenarios that often come with raising small people but I have never had a client regret investing the time to have this style of session done.
Maybe you feel parenting young children is really hard (like me) or maybe you are a natural and you relish these days of small sticky hands, endless hugs and snacks. Whichever it is, once these days and those stages of development are gone you can never get them back.
Now, my kids are older and 3 years ago I met Jon. Jon brought to our family his own 3 small humans so we have a house filled with kids, laughter and chaos. We have a fortnight rotation of various combinations of the 6 kids and we even get a weekend with NO KIDS! The silver lining to divorce.
And we have just had a documentary family photography session done! Winning.
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