My Motherhood photoshoots were born a year ago when my youngest was coming to 1 and I knew our breastfeeding journey will end around that time. I had a pro picture done whilst breastfeeding when he was a newborn and obv snapped few times whilst tucked in a sling or happened to have a quiet moment sat in peace but wanted to remember all the little details so I set up and with a help of my 6 year old, we managed some lovely self-portraits which I absolutely love! (pics in slideshow)
Over the nearly 7 years since I became a mum to Max, Ivy and Quinn we had some lovely (and some stressfull) photoshoots done, our latest was last summer as a extended family and I have some pretty awesome pictures with kiddies on my own too! And I don't know if it is just me but I don't get many snaps of me unless I ask and by then the moment is usually gone (or I know the picture which would follow wouldn't have such impact) so having a pro to photograph our family is very essential for me.
I managed to pull out some photos we have had done by other photographers or our self-portraits and I must say going through these I realized I am so much better now stepping in front of the camera than I was when I first became a mum. I wasn’t feeling I could, I never had my hair/make up done (I am not even talking full makeup but bit of effort going long way kind).
Now I do take time and book a photoshoot at all-important occasions (pregnancies, newborns) and also between when I feel I am lacking or a need of updating our family photos (usually when the youngest is about 7 months to a year).
"Do snaps from the ZOO or holiday or selfies count?" you ask, and of course they do because they are a massive part in our lives and no less important as they document our daily memories, but they will never capture life as it happens which a skilful photographer can, who sees things you don’t even know they exist because we are not constantly looking in the mirror to see them, right?
"... but I don't like my photos taken!" they say. I know from experience that parents would quite happily stand back and let me photograph their lovely children, not even considering how much they are missing out by not taking part in the photos. It doesn’t have to be very posy, quite the opposite, it can be very engaging, relaxed and just feeling the unity of their family in that moment and that is what makes a family portrait memorable, unique to you and an important keepsake for your children – just the same when we rummage through old albums or drawers full of old photographs of family we have never met but we are still interested in and the connections we share.
I am talking about our children and grandchildren who will never go through our old computers (as if they worked by then) to see the gazillions of photographs we take every day on our phones which many of us don't have backed up either so here is a tip of what I do: I keep 2 keepsake boxes of random photos which are close to my heart, the ones I want to pass onto my children when they grow older and that’s what makes it worth keeping up for me.
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