When I started this project I simply wanted to get more families in front of my camera and to create beautiful memories NOW. I wanted families to show me their chaos and their deep, beautiful love they have for each other! Seeing themselves as they do every day and documenting their unique family story and REAL photos not Iphone selfies mums take because that is our only option.
I feel acutely aware that time is my enemy, I am constantly holding onto moments I never want to forget. Like the Douglas family when I asked Jess if you could relive a moment in time what would that be and here is what she wrote.
“I’d like to relive the moments after my son was born. I was so weak from a traumatic birth that I couldn’t hold him. I’d like to do that again. I’d love to see their first smiles and the first time they really hugged me. The first giggle. The first time I saw my husband hold them. Wow… There is no one moment is there?”
Her honesty reflected everything I feel as a mum an image maker, how all those first become forgotten and all the new memories fill up our memory bank.
Another question I love to ask is why beautiful family portraits important to you right now.
“Our family is separated at the moment as a lot of families are. My mum is in NSW and has been in and out of hospital. Dad is also in NSW and has cancer. My husband’s father is in palliative care in Perth at the moment. We have spent the last 5 years living away from our families due to work. I’d love some really great photos for the family since we can’t be together.”
Its all about family; the loved ones who raised us, the family we are raising and the memories we want to share with them for a lifetime.
Thank you Douglas family for a session that made me smile and laugh the whole way through and the fabulous energy you brought along with it.