Here’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
Imagine if you had photos from when you were small, documenting part of a regular day at home with your Mum.
Imagine if these images captured details of your house that you’d since forgotten about; your old bedroom, the pictures you used to hang on your walls, your teddies and the toys you used to play with. How special would it be if they also included some of the old routines and habits that are now faded memories; the way your Mum prepared morning tea with the fruit neatly cut, the games you used to play together, or the way you would snuggle in her lap and fiddle with her jewellery. How beautiful to be reminded of the clothes you used to wear, or how once upon a time you could barely see over the kitchen bench.
I don’t know about you, but personally, photos like these would be like gold to me.
I want to photograph more Motherhood. More of the everyday. More of the pieces of life that feel so normal and ordinary, and dare I say it…mundane, while you’re in the thick of it, but in years to come will be so very precious.
And most importantly, I want to capture you. Because if you’re anything like me, there aren’t enough pictures with you in them. Or at least there aren’t enough pictures (or any), that show a little of the work you put in. I want to celebrate your efforts, your attention, your care…and I want your kids to see it too.
Honestly friends, I could type pages about this, and I haven’t even begun with all of the thoughts my mind has whispered to make me doubt the validity of this idea: ‘But aren’t Dads important too?’, and ‘Surely when you hire a photographer nothing is really authentic anymore’, and ‘Why would anyone pay money to have a stranger come over and take pictures of ordinary stuff?’. I get it. But all in all, when I fast forward in my mind 20 years, I don’t see images like these being a regret.
So, here it is. My first motherhood session with the wonderful Kim and her gorgeous daughters.
Kim, who was up at the crack of dawn (possibly even before), but still welcomed me with a beautiful smile and an openness to run with whatever the morning held.
I watched and clicked away as they spent their morning doing some of their usuals. Craft, play doh, hide and seek, cuddling, eating, giggling, playing. There were a couple of unsuccessful nap attempts, some loud moments, some quiet moments, shared glee because a full name was written for the first time, and a little think about which cake to bake for an upcoming birthday. They looked for beautiful flowers out the front window and later watched hail fall.
It was a wonderful morning of spontaneous interactions, intertwined with my guidance and understanding of light. I’m certainly not going to pretend that all of these photos ‘just happened’, or that I sat back the whole time without saying anything. These sessions are like a dance (albeit a sometimes clumsy one), where we work together to create a beautiful story.
This is a little part of Kim’s, and I would love to capture a little part of yours.