This feels like the beginning of reclaiming my body, after an emergency section and a planned one 18 months later. Both so different, one with traumatic and partial memories, the other gentle and considerate but still missing something. There is still a sense of disappointment in my own body for not being able to birth my babies as I'd hoped, creating a hole somewhere inside.
I cannot believe one year has gone by since I first met sweet baby Cora. What a beautiful honour it has been to watch her grow up from a tiny newborn to a little girl over this past year.
We would like to hear from mothers and their partners, doulas and birth workers. We want to hear your experiences of the birth journey; your pregnancy and preparation for birth, the labour and delivery, and your fourth trimester or post-natal time. We want to honour your story through words & images
This morning I woke up to the news that one of my images I had submitted to the international Documentary Family Awards actually placed third place in the Black Lives Matter category!
When we are a mother to more than one child it can be so hard to find the time and space to give each of them some special one on one time and this is what this session was all about. It was all about capturing the love between Laura and her eldest, the one who made her a mother.
I am so incredibly excited that a part of my MILK project has been featured in the Autumn issue of Juno Magazine. I feel it is important to honour and celebrate our journeys truthfully. By sharing our stories through words and images we empower ourselves and others. Natural Term Breastfeeding is something I am incredibly passionate about and wish to help normalise through my work.
Welcome to ARTEFACT MOTHERHOOD - a project shared with other international female artists who are documenting our journeys as mothers and creating memories for our children through our photographs and words.
This was such an incredible session and one that I will always hold close to my heart. As soon as I entered their home I felt myself be washed over with the most beautiful rays of love. I know how that may sound but it is absolutely true! Their love between each other was so palpable that it radiated outwards and bathed me in it too. I Am forever grateful for these two beautiful souls.
I have always wanted to have the opportunity to photograph a twin newborn session and when Charlotte & her husband Rob invited me into their home to do just that I was overjoyed! This was also my first at-home newborn session since lockdown and words can't express how happy it felt to be back in this space.
I love observing the way that the beautiful tenderness unfolds in a mama's heart. When I first showed her some of the photos one of the first things she said was "I absolutely love the one of my scars, now, I never thought I would say that." That is what these intimate sessions are all about, they can be healing and an empowering experience.
This month's theme for our little portrait loop was flowers and it couldn't have come at a better time since right now the New Forest is covered in blankets of the most beautiful hues of pinks and purples.
It's the end of world breastfeeding week so I thought I'd put together a little blog post of some of my favourite nursing photos that I've taken.