When I first met Cherrie and her family she was 40 weeks plus 6 days pregnant and so very much ready to meet the newest member of their beautiful family. I had a wonderful time photographing her with 19 month old daughter Ettie and soon to be big sister.
I cannot believe that this was my last session before Corona Virus changed everything. It was a beautiful last session and hanging out with this lovely mama in the forest was the perfect start to the day.
Now that the schools have officially closed here in the UK, and with more people self-isolating, under full lockdown, or practising social distancing I I decided to put together a little something that may help some of you if you are finding it hard to think of things to do with your kids with all of the added pressures you may be facing.
This month's portrait loop is all about artificial light, and for this I wanted to do something in nature with candles...This past week as the world is going a bit crazy, and feeling increasingly surreal, the forest has been my solace. Mother Nature has brought lightness to where there was heaviness, and peace to where there was anxiousness. My equilibrium has been restored.
Being out in the woods is one of my favourite things and combine that with getting to photograph and spend time with Cher, an incredible mama who is 37 weeks pregnant and her beautiful family is my version of a perfect afternoon.We met up in the afternoon and had our fingers crossed that it would stay dry, we already had to cancel once due to the weather.
Sometimes you come along a project that just makes your soul rejoice and Roots and Wings is that project. It's a quarterly print magazine all about empowering and inspiring women to embrace their authentic selves. The women behind it Laura Lewis and Hannah Luna Rose are a force of nature having poured their hearts souls and spirits into this new publication. I really believe this is what the world needs more of, a magazine that lifts women up instead of tearing each other down.
Sometimes magic happens when you least expect it. We did not plan these images, they just happened in the most beautifully organic way as we spoke about our love for nature, the human body and all the magic we possess. As we passed by a beautiful fallen tree that was covered in the softest of moss creating the perfect place to lay on she became inspired and brave so we decided to create some images right then and there. It was perfect.
At first I wasn't going to use this image, it felt too much like a snapshot but then I changed my mind because this is a really honest depiction of our life at the moment. You, Forrest, attached to my boob and feeling poorly & Nixie, you reaching out wanting to be close & me feeling tired on a level I haven't felt since you Forrest were a newborn.
I cannot believe it is already the end of February, how is it possible? At least this year we have one extra day of this month as it's a leap year and what better day to post our second installment of our Portrait Blog Circle, this month it's all about Long Exposures.
One year. You turning one has made me so emotional and so reflective. This past year I have felt every emotion under the sun and moon. This time a year ago we were still in that hazy otherworldly phase of postpartum deliciousness adjusting from a family of three to a family of four. I still remember how I felt when I held you and your sister in my arms together for the first time, it was like the floodgates of a sea of love came pouring out with such intensity,
This year I am very excited to announce that I have teamed up with a few other photographers for a monthly Portrait Blog Circle. It is a way for us to try out new creative techniques and push ourselves out of our comfort zone. This month our challenge was to shoot with a prism, which is something I had never done before!
I love cosy indoor sessions and my time with this beautiful mama and her family was such a perfect way to spend a wet, grey & cold day.