Motherhood through a lens

“A picture paints a thousand words”

There are many interpretations that can be made from a single picture, yes.

BUT, a photo, is a snapshot in time.

A photo posted, is a message conveyed. Without words to explain, we make our own meanings.

Look at this photo. What do you see?

Your interpretation is likely miles away from the moment experienced.

A day on holiday in Puglia. A day with so many expectations for a leisurely stroll around the Trulli houses. A coffee by the sea. Laughter. Fun. Peace. Calm.

I know what you are thinking Mums…no chance! Well, you are right.

The day involved trying to get my little overtired man to sleep. Spending hours pushing him around in his stroller praying he would nod off, for his sake and for ours! He had other ideas of course. The leisurely walk turned to tag team carrying, passing the baton when our arms felt like they were about to drop off. Capturing glimpses of our surroundings when we could. In between trying to keep our s*** together. In between the questioning of, why did we decide this would be a good idea again? In between surviving parenthood.

This photo is a moment that looks so free. So fun. The moment was far from that and a final attempt to capture that we had been to this place.

Interestingly, I love this photo. I have it framed in multiple places.

For me it does paint a thousand words. Those who do not know the story behind it see one thing. I know another. That day was challenging. But I still look back on it and smile. Because it tells me the story of motherhood.

The reality that many do not get to hear. The reality that I want to share with you in my work, because it is so important that we share. To take away the pressure for family life to be perfect. The pressure to capture photos which show how ‘happy’ we are all the time which is so far from the truth. So, let’s start talking about it ALL. The good. The bad. The ugly. So that we all feel less alone. So we can laugh and cry with each other whilst we survive and try to thrive within this rollercoaster of a journey called parenthood.

So, let’s hear it. What are your best expectation vs reality moments? I can’t wait to hear!

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