I posted one of these photos on my Instagram a few days ago with the caption above. It's taken me some time to let my feelings about this shoot and these images settle, and really get the words together to share a little bit of how I feel about them.
Both Lucy and I have been on a very similar journey this year. Our babies were born within a few months of each other, and we've both spent this year trying to figure out what life and work looks like for us now that we have children. How we can pursue our dreams, create work that we love and that fulfils us while also having enough time to nurture our families. We've become sounding boards for each other, cheerleaders, babysitters and business coaches. That perfect mix between dreaming big and getting shit done. Lucy is a pregnancy yoga teacher and is also training to be a doula (find her on instagram: @lu_ledoula, or check out her website). Although our work is different, there is a crossover with the kind of clients we are trying to attract, the way we are trying to build our businesses and the stage that we are both at in our lives and careers.
I shot these images with Rory on my back, while Lucy's little boy River played in the grass next to us. It's not always easy to work with your baby by your side - it's the dream but sometimes, much of the time it's a real disaster. But I love that it doesn't stop us trying. We work when the babies nap, we go to coffeeshops and hope they'll snooze in the pram and give us an hour to answer emails or write a blog post. I take Rory to shoots, and Lucy takes River to classes. Sometimes they play up and we have to admit defeat, and sometimes they're little angels and we get so much done we think we'll have six more babies.
When I look at these images, I feel proud. I'm proud of the work that I've put in this year, of how I keep going, keep getting up and out with my camera even when I've had no sleep and am tired and don't feel like it. To me, they represent what is out there if you just keep going and going and going. Ask for more of yourself, work harder, get better and keep trying. It reminds me of one of my favourite quotes from Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic (which if you haven't read it you absolutely must). - "if you show up for your work day after day, you might just get lucky enough some random morning to burst right into bloom".
So I guess what I'm trying to say is that these images feel like they are my bursting right into bloom. Shooting pictures of my friend, twirling around in the fading autumn sun, our babies by our sides while we laughed our asses off. I think we kind of nailed it, and that's a feeling worth holding on to.
I'm trying to gauge interest in offering Golden Hour portrait sessions - just one hour around 4pm, and you'd get about 20 high res images. I'm still figuring out pricing, but email me and we'll chat. If you'd like a sunset shoot like this for yourself, please do get in touch and we'll go make some magic in the evening sun. Send me an email: email@example.com