Parenthood is one of, if not THE most, important job a person can undertake. It requires absolute commitment, responsibility and sacrifice and will be the biggest decision anyone makes in there lifetime. A job not to be taken lightly.
I look at new, and not-so-new, parents with admiration for their bravery of taking on this role which will forever change their experience of life, and I acknowledge that they are braver than me.
I have family and friends who are well into their parenthood journey and I recognise that it is simultaneously the most rewarding and toughest journey they’ve each embarked on. The moment they become parents, the version of themselves leading up to that moment, is forever changed. Not gone, but changed forever.
So while I stand on the periphery, tending to the needs of my dog to the best of my ability, I also want to contribute to making the journey for Mom’s out there a special and unique one. One that they can cherish in their role of mother, and yet still hold onto the essence of their ‘woman-ness’ which existed before the weight of motherhood bore down on them.
I’m often asked whether I do family portraits, and my answer is always the same –
I offer Luxury Portrait sessions for Mom, and once she’s enjoyed a morning of pampering and being photographed on her own, her family can join her at the end of the session. If she has a daughter, then the two of them can experience the session together, while having individual portraits as well as combined portraits, before the boys join them at the end.
This is a small way in which Mom can reconnect to the woman she was before she chose to put other’s priorities ahead of her own. It always makes me think of the safety message on the airlines – they tell you to place your own mask first, before you help others. So a morning of relaxation and being doted on is a way to recharge and re-energise Mom to be able to be fully present and available to her family and husband.
And she’ll always have her portraits to remind her to take time for herself, to show herself some kindness, to reconnect to who she is as a woman, to be a stronger, more present wife and mother.