This is something I wrote before I found out I was pregnant, I was always aware of most family photographers starting off with weddings and then branching out into family photography once they had children, for me. it’s my first love.
Open the doorway to our house at a time when you know family members are visiting and the chances are it’s the scent that will captivate you first. I will be most likely making my homemade pizza, or my husband will be whipping up a storm in the kitchen with whatever ingredients he has to hand (I’m one of those lucky women who married somebody who loves to cook)!
Perhaps my mother has bought over some of her incredible vegetarian Indian food, or perhaps we’ve ordered in. Whatever is on the menu, it always comes with a side of buzzy conversation.
You see, my family is large, and like most large families there is nothing more that we love to do than gather together around great food and talk! And for me, there is nothing more precious than that.
It’s the reason my husband and I moved back to Leicester; to be closer to our families; it’s the reason I find living with my mother- in -law is like living with my friend; it’s the reason my sisters and I are incredibly close. I consider family to be the most precious gift I could have.
And so when people ask me why I enjoy taking photographs of pregnancy, newborn babies, children and families despite not having my own yet, I always smile. The assumption is that you need to have your own children to understand truly ‘what it’s like’ to have children and then so to be able to photograph them from that place of understanding. But the reason I smile is because when I explain this, I know you will understand exactly why I love to photograph my chosen subjects more than anything else.
I might not be a mother, yet. I might not know what it’s like to feel kicks inside my stomach, or to kiss the cheek of your newborn bundle, or to run around after a cheeky toddler, or to try to coax an older child into doing what you need them to.
But here is what I do know.
I know what family love means. I know deep, family bonds that tie us together for life. I know that feeling to be eternally joined to another mind, heart, soul. I know what it’s like to laugh with someone, to share conversation that lifts and touches the heart and spirit of another. I know how to make you laugh, how to make you stop and think, how to make you smile. I know what family gatherings revolve around (fun, laughter, patience, understanding). I believe our memories are what hold us all together, and that is exactly why capturing them means so much to me.
Family is precious, our time together is often short, and our memories together are warm and full of life and laughter and ultimately, deep bonds of love. I might not know what it feels like to carry and hold the life of a little one just yet, but I do know what family love looks like; and that is exactly what I capture through my lens.
If you want to work with a photographer who captures images you will love with a true and real deep passion and understanding of the true meaning of family, contact me here. I’d love to hear from you.