Motherhood photoshoot with Yuen & Allegra

Motherhood Package

Two Tree Island, Leigh on Sea

I always get excited when I receive a message from another mother with a desire to have a snippet of their mummy journey documented.

The one thing that came across when chatting about the ideas for this particular shoot was capturing togetherness as they spend lots of time together and love each others company - well that made me well up already and that’s not even the full story!

As we met, I got to hear what a special day 20th April actually is and this is what Yuen said about it on her post over on IG

“Courtesy from @photography_by_petra ..... Never been one to like having photographs taken - partly because I am very self critical and secondly I am the self designated photographer in the family. By coincidence, the photo shoot was booked for the 20th April ... a year on from my brain operation - it was important for me to create some memories. Sometimes we need that little nudge ... the future is unpredictable. No one can pre-empt what will be tomorrow. 
Petra was brilliant. She made the session fun and helped to put my self conscious daughter at ease (and me). It was a fun and laughter filled hour with some lovely photos for keepsake. 
Can’t recommend her enough .... Petra ... Thank you. X”

This is just what I mean when I say that we don’t need a special occasion to do/create/document something for ourselves, our children.

Hope you like the photos as much as I do!

Love, Px

My Mummy and Me Photoshoot - slice of my Motherhood

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.
To capture slice of your today’s life as a mother/grandmother/auntie, message me on petra.blacklock@icloud.com for a booking form or contact me here. The sessions are still going for £99!

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My Mum & Me - capturing a moment in Motherhood

MY MUM & ME – CAPTURING A MOMENT IN MOTHERHOOD

As a mum of 3 I am passionate capturing motherhood and all its elements. This was my inspiration behind my newest project. Be the one in the photos not behind the camera!

Are you in the picture?

I am definitely not the one loving my photos taken. I enjoy being behind the camera; I love documenting what I see.

I knew I had to change my attitude when I realized I hardly had any photo of my first-born and me. I was gutted to say the least that I didn’t make the effort. There are hundreds of pictures of him, with my husband and other family members but very few of me. I remember at times how uncomfortable I felt having photos taken, I didn’t think I looked good enough in the photos, feeling tired or didn’t have makeup on, selfies are not my strongest point either and I had many more excuses why to delay having photos done. The fact that my husband doesn’t point and click in right moment may be another factor and whilst I can ask, the moment is usually gone and doesn’t feel as natural as I would hope so.

So now I try to set the camera up as often as we fancy (tripod or not depending where we are) and make the effort to capture a portrait of me with my children (and all of us together) and I know in years to come the photos I took will be treasured by my children, my husband and me. Don’t get me wrong it’s not easy especially with 3 children under 5 and my ideal “looking natural image” in my head and it doesn’t always go to plan, but we have fun with it which is the most important.

My latest desire to catch a momentum in my life was breastfeeding my youngest baby. He is now over 9 months and I am very much aware that our journey together will at some point come to an end. I have few random photos taken whilst feeding my older 2 children but I just didn’t feel the urgency in capturing it “properly” until now when this would be the last time I feed a baby (decided for now anyway). I don’t know when we stop but I just don’t want to miss it I guess.

I called this project ‘My Mum & Me – capturing a moment of Motherhood’ and of course it’s not only for breastfeeding, or just for babies, it’s about us mums and our children, the day-to-day things we do with them, the joys they bring us (let’s forget about the hard bits for a moment) and the fun we have with the kids, the favorite places we go to and the “one more time” we do, the favourite games we play, the cuddles, the kisses, baby wearing, the lovely bond we share… and the list goes on. I am on the mission to capture those memories with my children and I will try to include myself as much as I can because these are the memories I never want to forget, memories that tell stories. These might not be evident to a viewer, but it is a significant memory for my family and me. And of course I will carry on taking those precious moments of my children with my husband, grandparents and other family members but this time I will want to include myself as much as I can and don’t care for the world what I look like because it will be their mummy they know and love ? xoxo

If you are inspired and would like to have my “My Mum & Me” session please get in touch. These 1 hours sessions would be done in comfort of your home or place you love with your children, alternatively you are welcome to my home based studio. There is no age limit for the children and partners are welcome too. Bare in mind this is not a family photo shoot, these are lifestyle photographs of you and your children, and capturing the beautiful bond you have through activities you love. These sessions are personalized and tailored around you. This package is £95 and you will receive a selection of photos in digital form in colour and B/W. Let me capture one of the many magical fleeting moments of motherhood. You can message me on my website, email petra.blacklock@icloud.com or my fb page Photography by Petra.

 

Pictures below are the set from my breastfeeding session I set up in our bedroom where I feed most of the time. Because of the nature of the photos (trying to feed naturally curious toddler) I set the camera and asked my 5 year old to be my human tripod and bless him he did a fantastic job clicking away! These will be definitely photos I will look back and remind myself what precious moments we shared, not only with Quinn, but Max and Ivy too! We did few photos of all of us together too but that’s for another blog ?

 

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