THE MOTHERHOOD PROJECT

Capturing the everyday

*not exclusive to mothers. This can very much be for all parents, grandparents, carers etc…

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon.

I think life is what happens when you’re in the mundane, the seeming monotony of everyday life, the routine…

Looking after children can feel like a daily test of endurance. Often exhausting and thankless. It can feel repetitive and relentless, until suddenly it’s not and the children have grown and left. Whether you are someone who dreads this day or looks forward to it, the significance of those years are not to be undermined. Those monotonous moments mark the most remarkable role you will have in your life, and yet for most there is no record of it.

Photographs allow us the ability to treasure moments that have past, to respect and enjoy a time that perhaps we couldn’t appreciate in the moment, or simply want to hold on to forever.

My motherhood project is not exclusive to mothers, it’s just often the case that mothers aren’t photographed with their children. The monotony of breakfast chaos, making packed lunches, the school run, bathing children, reading them a story, bedtime, dealing with teenage smelly socks or muddy boots is not considered a special event so no one thinks to record it. These moments are everything. They are strong, relentless, exhausted humans fuelled by love – incredible. 

I would like to capture these moments for you, to collaborate. My wish is to illustrate the common thread that exists for so many of us, to highlight the beauty in moments that could so easily be forgotten yet mean the most. It doesn’t matter what stage of life you are in with your children. You might be pregnant and preparing for your new arrival or your child might be totally grown,. You might be the child with a parent caring for you, perhaps looking after your children to give you a break. It’s about capturing what is most real for you. The goal is to be as natural and unposed as possible. My style is a hybrid of documentary and fine art so I tend to direct a little with the goal of optimising the moment, utilising both light and composition. The scene can be as ordinary or obscure as you wish, all families are different and have different traditions and ways of doing things. If you or your children don’t like having your picture taken you don’t even have to look at the camera. This isn’t about vanity, it’s about preservation. 

If you would like to book, enquire about prices or have any other questions please get in touch. 

Many thanks, 

Camilla 

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