I recently spent 2 amazing, soul filling, reaffirming days in Byron with Amy Rushbrook from Amy Rushbrook Photography and 8 other gorgeous women from all over the country. We immersed ourselves in the one thing that unites us, our love of real life candid photography!!
We all shared our hearts, our creative struggles, our challenges and hopes and dreams - us 'creatives' have BIG feelings! There were quite a few tears shed (including yours truly) but I realized we all have the same insecurities, desires to be the best we can be (in life and photography). We came together in the most amazing beach house I've ever seen, full of quirky spaces, stained glass windows, furniture etc - we ate amazing food, photographed gorgeous families and learned so much from Amy and from one another!
So what did I take away from this experience? I love LOVE love real connections, messy, tangled, moment rich, heart warming photography. I learned I'm not the photographer for everyone and that's ok. I learned wearing my heart on my sleeve and not being 'all business like' is not a bad thing, it makes me who I am. I learned there's no such thing as perfection, in fact, beauty is in the imperfection, the moments in between the perfect smile, after the cuddle on the couch, the wind swept hair, I learned if I wait, watch and be patient - the magic happens.
All the perfectly posed photos in the gorgeous soft light won't tell the story of your family. I would give ANYTHING to go back in time to spend one day with my babies, to book the photographer, so I would have those photos to laugh and cry over (I cry a lot!) To see myself (perfectly imperfect) holding my children, looking at them with love in my heart, overflowing with a mix of happiness and exhaustion. I only hold these memories in my mind, I was too self conscious, worried about baby weight, not looking good enough, living in a rented townhouse, having a messing house, whatever the excuse -- I had it. And now my kids are grown, one moved out, the other about to - I have memories but that's all.
So, my Why? Why photograph families like this, because I desperately want this for myself! I can give you the gift of time, real love, real connections, real moments, perfectly imperfect!
Little Sunny was a fire cracker, he was not interested in our session - at all. There was too much to explore, doors to open, stairs to climb. This is who he is, a curious, cheeky monkey, the baby of 6 kids, his own personality.
Little Sunny reminds me of my own little Fire Cracker!!
So I've left Byron, feeling inspired, reassured & motivated. Mumma, if you love your tribe, fire crackers and all, lets make it happen - I promise it's not as scary as you think being in front of the camera, and in 15 years time - you'll be glad you did!!