MOTHER AND CHILD PORTRAIT SESSION
With Mother’s Day nearing I thought it would be nice to be involved in a mother and child portrait session and with this in mind I asked Anna if I could spend the morning with her and her gorgeous little boy Rio, visiting the park and taking some photographs.
As a mother of two boys myself I have photographed my boys since they were born, but as the photographer I am never with them in the pictures and the only evidence I’m there, apart from having taken the picture is in the way they look back at me, through the lens of my camera, with love, smiles, laughing, and then with looks of ‘Oh no not again mum – When can I move? I’m bored now! They are so used to my camera, and helping me out with photographic ideas, that they will pose almost automatically at times. They are also at an age now, where I can ask them to sit down or look this way or just stay in one place while I take a picture. Thinking about this, as I drove to meet Anna, it struck me that as familiar as I feel with children, and photographing children, that I had never really focused on the relationship between mother and child, with them both in front of the camera.
I started to think how I would photograph that relationship between Anna and her little boy, and lots of idyllic mother and child images came into my head.
We went to Morden Hall Park. It was a cold morning, but at last it felt like Spring was promising to push through, and we started to walk. Rio couldn’t wait to explore, and was off picking up stones and toddling on his uncertain legs back and forth, here and there, not stopping for a moment. If there were steps, he was climbing them and if there was a precariously steep drop off a platform or into a river he was headed straight for it. In fact there were hazards everywhere, things I have stopped looking out for with my children and Anna had to run after him the whole time. It was then I remembered what it is to be a mother to young children. It means never switching off, always being alert, always looking out for their well being, always being on hand and often feeling exhausted and Anna did an amazing job. I watched this lovely relationship they have, where Rio knows he can go anywhere and do anything because he knows Anna is there, and Anna wants to give him the best experiences so she lets him explore and follows him in his explorations, making sure he is safe.
So far from any clichéd images I may have had of mother and child, before I started, this is what I captured having spent the most enjoyable morning with them both.