Honouring my mother | Hove, East Sussex
For the past year I have kept asking my mother if she will let me photograph her and always I’ve had the same apprehensive response of “not now”…
I think that this is a common thought for women when it comes to having their portrait shoot done – they’re waiting for something to happen and in my opinion that thing isn’t really that important. The perfect time to get your portrait taken is now! I believe that we owe it to the ones that we love to allow ourselves to be photographed, so that we can be honoured, loved and remembered. We owe it not only to ourselves and this generation, but also to the future generations to come.
I’m on a mission to photograph women of all ages, sizes and colours. I want to document their presence and celebrate their magnificence.
Being able to share these images with you today is one of the greatest joys of my life – meet Cossie, my mother.
She is a wife, a mother, a sister and a grandmother. She is a pioneer and an adventurer with the biggest heart I know. She has taught me courage, self belief, compassion, unconditional love and forgiveness. She has challenged me to grow, to be the best that I can be and that I’m never to old to learn something new. She has taught me a love of adventure and the art of creating a home where ever I go.
I have recently discovered Mama Gena’s blog and she has written these words on a mother, which I connect with so strongly and feel are so appropriate for this post:
I think that the role of a mother, ultimately, is to force us to grow.
No matter what.
Our growth begins inside her body — and continues over our lifetime, if we choose.
We can decide that our mothers inhibit our growth, or we can decide that they provide the perfect challenges in the ways they love us, or the ways they fail us, to force us to grow into the women we were born to become.
It does not matter if she is a “good mother” or a “bad mother,” a mother who shows up for us, or one who fails us.
She is still the perfect catalyst, the perfect opportunity for our growth.
Today I want to honour this incredible woman that has made me possible. I also want to thank her for allowing me to photograph her. It has been such a sacred and special experience that I will forever treasure. Christina Jessel did an amazing job on her hair and makeup and having my daughter there to experience this transformation of her granny into a ravishing goddess was just so precious. It is the most intimate shoot I have done. Such vulnerability and trust on both of our parts. The result – priceless…