A therapeutic Portrait of a Mother, without her children.
There’s a million reasons why a portrait of a mother, without her children, can be therapeutic. Whether it’s challenging societal ‘body norms’, aiding to see the beauty thats there, right now, within you. Or finding that part of you that may have become lost in motherhood. The part of yourself you may not have seen for a while; The Adventurer, The Artist, The Nature Lover, the Empowered Women.
I want to capture women, I don’t want to put limitations on how, why or who. As long as it’s done for you.
Over the last few months I have taken quite a few self portraits. Somedays I feel myself slipping back into my old mindset of how my body should look, influenced by media, marketing and the image I have of myself in my head. Other days I desperately need to bring forward a part of me that feels long forgotten amongst the joys and complete take over of my motherhood journey.
I understand that portraits won’t be therapeutic for every woman, but I’d like to start on this small journey. A little side project of aiding women to feel good & find that little something they needed.
These are some magical images, created with women - mothers, who are close to my heart. And I look forward to expanding and creating magic with so many more women in the future.
I’m the kind of person who showers with the light off when my husband is in the room.
I look down at my feet when I’m given a compliment and feel compelled to give one back as to not appear conceited.
I’d fake a smile to seem happy and would carefully curate the images that I allow the world to see of me to portray this perfectly balanced life.
I often hide behind my family in a photograph and use my children as shields.
Having photographs taken just of me was confronting, but empowering.
To push my fear aside was challenging, but so worth it.
I was so nervous to see how the images turned out, but so surprised when I saw them.
I was proud of what I saw.
It was the first time, I’d seen myself as a woman. Not a young girl, pretending to be an adult.
I saw myself. Not the person I pretend to be. I saw the girl who had experienced more hurt than a normal child should, I saw a woman who had worked through her pain to be the best person she could be.
I saw a confident woman, a proud woman. One who is delicate and soft, but also strong and willing.
I saw the person I can be, the person who I will choose to be.
I’m so thankful to have Jasmine in my life, a friend like no other. Who brings out the best in me and empowers and encourages me like no other. I would never had the confidence to pose in front of anyone else.
She is confident in herself and this radiates towards those around her, inspiring confidence and a sense of calm.
She doesn’t just take a photograph with her camera, she produces art.
When I first saw these pictures captured of only myself I though 'wow do I really look like that', and not on a negative light either! I look a little different photographed, maybe my facial expressions aren't something I get to see in action everyday.
These images captured felt instantly special, a magical kind of endearing feeling and with each picture I was excited to what it would look like, all coming together, the beautiful scenery and myself.
I kept thinking my gosh this girl is seriously incredible, she has found her calling in the photography world. And how beautiful it is to see her killing it already in her business.
In a world where we’re expected to be everything to everyone, (and as Mary Poppins would say “Practically perfect in every way”!), our tender, feminine hearts can become easily overwhelmed, competitive, and mislead to focus on the not so important things - instead of what’s true, worthwhile and good.
When my heart becomes troubled with such thoughts, I hear a small whisper that reminds me “don’t be concerned about the outward beauty, you should instead clothe yourselves with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle spirit which is so precious".
When I contemplate these photos of myself, this is what I see...
I’m just a girl with a flower, blossoming into who I was meant to be. Not looking from side to side, comparing the beauty of my life to every other flower in sight - but growing in my own unique way, and cheering on all of the other wonderful and precious flowers growing around me too.
It’s a delight to behold true beauty, and this is what my wonderful, compassionate and loving sister does through her photography. She doesn’t aim or strive for worldly beauty, but seeks to uncover the hidden gold in every women behind her lens.
Thank you sister for capturing my hidden beauty.
Initially I was so I nervous and a little self conscious to see the photos of myself because really who likes seeing photos of themselves. When I first saw the images I was incredibly surprised to see how natural and happy I looked. I loved my first impression and was so excited to keep looking through more of my photos. The flaws I have actually weren't so bad as I could see more of the nicer things in myself after seeing these pictures. I am really glad I had these photos done because that dreadful feeling I have when I need to have my photos taken has now changed and has opened my perspective of how photos can truly capture the beauty and natural moments. I look at my images and will cherish them forever especially sharing it with my twin sister, we look forward to sitting down with our kids flicking through these photos one day, and laughing so hard at those few shots taken that captured the fun and silly moments shared together