I believe we all deserve to exist in photographs. Not one day when we finally get around to it - but now. I know this because of the way it makes me feel when I look at photographs of the people precious to me. One day your loved ones will look for photographs of you, what will they find? Photographs are a celebration of our lives. Every shoot I do, I know I am creating something tangible for a family to look back on in years to come.
Last month I drove out to Morton Mains to see the Pirie family and we created some beautiful, fun portraits capturing their family as they are today. Corrine told me they hadn't had family portraits done before so it was very special to be asked to create these portraits for them!
Corrine thank you for asking me to create these family photographs for you - I had a wonderful morning with you all and I hope you enjoy these portraits for years to come. x
I'm so excited to blog this beautiful family's portrait session. Lisa organised these family photos with me in spring - the grandparents were included, the kids were pretty excited about photos and we had a relaxed evening of photography fun. Lisa's garden was a treasure trove of beautiful backdrops for their family portraits. From mossy woodlands to spring blossom & lambs!
I'm busy printing these photos today and as I look at them coming off the printer I think how cool these will be for the kids to look back on as they get older - the memories of childhood antics, of springtime on the farm, of the special hugs only grandparents can give.
Here's just a selection of my favourites from the Roulston's portrait session...
Meet Archie, the Roulston's free-range bunny. Archie has full run of Lisa's incredible gardens and he enjoys hopping through into the paddock next door to hang out with the sheep sometimes too. Archie made an appearance for the photos of course!
Lisa, thank you so so much for asking me to create these photographs for you. I had such a fun time meeting you all and I can't wait for you to see the finished product! x
Earlier this year when I moved my office & studio space in to Gore, creating a separation between work and home, it created a very different dynamic which has brought about some healthy changes for me. I'm talking about that elusive work/life balance thing you hear self-employed people talking about.
With the new office space I had hopes I would only need 1-2 days a week in there for meetings and consults (and to use Gore's much faster broadband!) while still being able to get the bulk of my day-to-day computer work done at home. However within a month of being in the new office space I realised my two years of productive working from home life was vanishing. I could no longer get motivated to work at home, I suddenly craved the office environment where there were no distractions of domestic chores or homely comforts, where I could come in, sit down and power through my workload.
I'd always been so good at working from home that at first I found this sudden change in motivation alarming. But then I realised to look at this change as a good thing. I'd finally forced myself to draw a line between work and life. The office space was for getting the work done, then I could come home and switch off. I was actually gaining that elusive balance. 🙌
Sure there are days when I am required to work from home still and sometimes I do want to just edit from the couch rather than drive into the office, but there is a new joy of coming to work and then switching off the computer and going home to be present in my life. Instead of that awkward in-between where the laptop was always open as I flitted between work and home life constantly and at any hour of the day (or evening!).
I love what I get to do as a job. And I love the life I get to live because of my business. But the transition into an office space really opened my eyes to just how merged my work and life had been. At the time I had thought I had it pretty well sussed with work routines and good workflows, but really I still let the email inbox into every awake minute of my day. As a business owner there will always be a blurred line, work can never really ever be left at the office, but that doesn't mean we should just let it be a part of our life 24/7.
Here's to continuing to create the perfect work/life balance! 🥂