“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
Being the first child I have a lot of photographs of myself as a baby – my mum used to take them all the time. It is interesting to see a mini version of myself. (Was I really that chubby? Why on earth did they dress me in that!?) But the ones I treasure most are those of me and my parents together.
My dad holding me, still a bit clumsily, a few days after I was born. But the way he looks at me!
Or that one of my mum playing with me on the floor in our living room...
I don’t have many photographs with my mum – she thought she did not look very good and often there was nobody around to photograph us together – so the few I have are very precious to me.
When I look at them I don’t see any of the imperfections which she is always too ready to point out. I see the woman who gave birth to me, who looked after me, who holds me as I am the most precious thing in the world.
The woman I love.
When you have your photographs taken it is not just about having a few nice pictures you can look at years later and reflect how young, pretty and slim you once were (although there is that too!).
You are creating your children’s memories, giving them a snapshot of the time they were not even there or were too young to remember.
You are not only doing it for yourself, you are doing it for them too.