MOTHERS DAY | FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS PERTH PHOTOGRAPHER
Whilst I'm not a massive Mother's Day evangelist or anything (yes it's just another Hallmark day), I have grown to appreciate and reflect on what it means.
Being a stubborn teenager who had gone through a family divorce, I was determined to be a career woman and never wanted to get married or have kids. Life, of course, had different plans for me and I became pregnant with my eldest son Toby at the wee age of 21. Of course I felt super mature back then, but looking back I realise I was just a baby!
I grew up so quickly. Suddenly I had this other little human to take care of and whilst my friends were still out partying in their 20s, I learnt to be a little less selfish and a lot more responsible than I had previously been.
Long story short, I am now a mum to a young man. He is 17 in July and over the past couple of years, I've certainly had to 'cut the apron strings' a little. He's off to Mongolia with World Challenge for a whole month soon and I'll have to send my baby (yes he still is!) off into the world and completely let go of control. It's a very scary feeling. I'm a bit of a worrier by nature but I'm trying desperately to keep it inside, as I know it will be the most incredible experience for him.
So as Toby becomes a man, my younger son Charlie is starting to enter the 'tween' years and I am savouring every moment, every fleeting second that he is still my best buddy. We love spending time together and whilst he is starting to exert his independence (which I encourage), I am so grateful he still wants to cuddle his mama and spend time with me as a friend.
I think that's one of the reasons I love travelling with my boys. We went around Australia, just the three of us, 2 years ago, and kept that bond going. Our upcoming trip to Europe will solidify our relationship even more I hope. I have a dream that we'll all keep travelling and going on camping holidays together, and one day I will have beautiful grand babies to look after on those trips. I hope I've set enough in stone over the years.
I see many of my friends only now starting their families in their late 30s, while I have been a parent for most of my adult life, and it makes me want to impress on them to savour every moment. I cuddle their babies and have flashbacks to the newborn smell, the weight of them in your arms. Gosh it flies by so quickly!
And I guess that's what Mother's Day is for me. It's not about presents or even brekkie in bed or any stereotypical ideas of what femininity is or motherhood should be. I just think it's a lovely time to reflect on what being a mother means and how much it impacts your life. There is no more rewarding 'profession' surely.
In celebration of awesome mummas, I've featured Jacinta's lovely family session. I photographed Jacinta and Josh's wedding day a few years back, and now here they are with their adorable twin boys. Families are so important and I know I'm biased, but you won't even realise how important photographs of the time you spent together (whether professional or happy snaps!) until they are ready to fly the coop. Savour every hundredth of a second ;)
Much love and Happy Mother's Day mamas...especially to my mum, sister, close friends, and my lovely brides who have now experienced having that little bundle wrapped up in their arms xxx