Kim {motherhood}

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.

xo

 

Karla {+two}

These three beautiful souls, their genuine happiness, and the golden glow of Autumn was just a magic combination.

I’m so happy to have met this wonderful little family.

xo

 

Brittany&Jeremy {+six}

‘If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct’  -Letty Cottin Pogrebin

There’s just so much wonderful, cheeky, happy, gorgeousness across all the members of this family. Similar and yet distinct.

Six kids and two awesome parents, who are doing the most amazing job raising these young individuals. I mean, six little humans under your care, that’s next level commitment!

We took pictures right up until the light faded and the cold Wintery air well and truly kicked in. These guys were total troopers.

And may the image of them all together, sitting in the front yard on random bits of outdoor furniture (which the boys pulled in), ‘go straight to the poolroom’.

It makes me grin every time.

Family photo gold. ; )

xo

 

September 14, 2017 - 8:11 pm

Cassie Sullivan - Just stunning Lisa! I don’t know how you handle so many people all together but it results in magic however you do.

Megan&Joe {+two}

This post takes me back to warm Summer afternoons.

Those long days when the sun says goodnight well after dinner, and you come home after hours at the beach with sand stuck between your toes.

Despite having never met me before, this family were just as warm as the sun on the day of our session.

So very welcoming and so very lovely.

With two darling children who I just adored!

They allowed me to simply spend time with them…..and for that, I am ever so grateful.

xo

 

motherhood

When I became a mother, my mind became like an ocean

Sometimes calm, sometimes tumultuous

Feelings and dreams, moments and memories

Rising and falling like the tide.

 

And there are thoughts, that if they were stones

Would be smooth and polished and shining

From the waves of my mind washing over them

Again, and again, and again.

 

And the shiniest of stones

Would hold the soberest of thoughts

Worry, guilt and fear

For never have these words been more present within me

Since the day I met my child.

 

How can something so beautiful and sacred

So precious, wonderful and sweet

Be so fraught with emotions that belie a seemingly simple belief

‘I will love you, and you will love me’

And that will be enough.

 

But enough is never enough

And the waves of thought continue to crash

And I feel the push and the pull, and the tug and the sway

Of the words that are mine

And the words that are others

Tumbling over, and over, and over again

 

Cherish each moment

Don’t ever let them go

Be present

Be calm

Be better

Be more

And each day there is a new resolve

As I strive towards ‘perfection’

 

But all the days roll into the next

And there is weariness and frustration

And busy and boredom

And the guilt laced thoughts

Of what once was, or what could be

 

And then, within the tangle of this everyday

There is beauty

And I feel the push and the pull, and the tug and the sway

As precious moments roll up and over, and alongside the difficult

Confounding and wonderful all at once

 

And I admire your face, and I hold your hands

I feel your warmth, your skin, your breath and your innocence.

And my heart is full of a love so strong

I wonder how my body can hold it.

 

And it’s fast and slow

And beauty with fear

And sadness with joy

And hope with worry

And wave, upon wave, upon wave

 

An ocean that dances to the rhythm of my heart

And a beat that echoes with the passage of time

A time that stands still whilst stealing away

And teases me with memories of what is no more

 

So I quietly grieve each passing phase

While simultaneously longing to see the person you will become

And I hope all the hopes for a life of adventure

But desperately want to keep you close

 

And my mind and the ocean, it keeps on rolling

As I know it always will

For I am forever entwined with you

Like the tide and the moon, and the waves and the shore

 

So onward we go, my sweet darling child

You and I dancing upon the sea

And I am thankful for your young forgiving heart

And your eyes that see me as more than I ever can

And your belief that I am enough

 

Loved

And enough.