I'm a Mum. It's a title that I love and one I wouldn't change for the world but along the way I felt a little bit like I stopped being Claire. Do you feel the same? Surely I'm not the only one.
I don't resent my girls for it but to be a happier Claire and a more successful Claire I needed something for me. What I want to say is that that's ok. Wanting more doesn't mean that we love them less. We shouldn't feel guilty because of it. It doesn't have to be work related either, it may be exercise classes, getting your nails done, going for a coffee or even just picking up a book.
Photography has allowed me to create something that isn't linked to my family and I'm incredibly proud of the journey that I have taken over the last two and a half years. I want my girls to look up to me and see that I can be a Mum to them but still pursue my dreams, that I can and will do something because it makes me feel good and that on a professional level I'm good at it.
It's taken a while to get to this point. Both of our girls are at school now, sleep deprivation seems to be a thing of the past, they can help themselves to snacks and don't need me to change their bottoms! Their needs are constantly changing, they still need their Mum but they are becoming more independent.
Whilst editing a photoshoot my daughter asked me "Mum why do you like doing what you do?" and I replied "I love it and I like making people feel good about themselves."
I got to experience that feeling first hand last week. The photographs of myself in this blog were taken by Jenny from Indigo + Violet. We met up, chatted, took pictures of one another and generally hung out for an hour. We talked about anything and everything including our kids and our passion for photography it was lovely.
If you follow Constance Hall, you will have heard of the term Queens. I am fortunate enough to have many as friends. It's a term I love.
This Mothers Day celebrate and give thanks for the brilliant females we have in our lives and take a minute to encourage another Mum/Queen. Maybe it's a friend selling cosmetics in the evenings when her kids are in bed, a sister in law bringing up your nieces or nephews, your Mum who works full time but still finds the time to help you out because she can remember what it was like when you were little. Also take the time to drop your friend who is sailing this ship called parenthood single handedly a message and tell her she rocks.
If you would like to contact me regarding photography bookings drop me an email. I'd love to chat with you.