Swinging through Autumn

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday, and my Dad's 64th birthday, swinging through the Autumn trees. I really do relish these family moments - moments that matter, to me, more than anything else in my life.

I wanted to be a singer. I wanted to be famous. And we can make excuses for everything, but when I say that I would prefer this life, a life with my wonderful, loving family, over another life I could have had, I mean it.

I can dream of that other life, about touring on the road, living in the studio, spending my days and nights writing music. But what would I have to forfeit to have that life? 

When I imagine the end of my days. I imagine feeling content because I made time to be a mother and a wife and a daughter and a sister, an auntie and a cousin and a granddaughter and grandmother. If I didn't have those things, I would regret it more than anything. I would wish I had chosen a family over a career in the music industry. How could it possibly compare? 

I do ask myself if I could have had both? And maybe I could have. But not in the way that I have it now. There would have been days and weeks and months I would have missed of my children growing up. And that is not the mother I wanted to be. No. Being a mother - the mother I am, is something I could never, ever regret. 

Being imperfect

As a photographer, I think it's important to believe in yourself and what you see in front of you. I'm a complete romantic at heart, and the images I am drawn to the most have a sense of romance, mystery even... they tell a story that can be interpreted in different ways. They're not obviously brilliant or perfect. They're subtle yet strong. 

I've just had my business cards designed, and I was trying to decide whether to call myself a family photographer or a lifestyle photographer. And in the end I went for lifestyle, the definition of which makes total sense to me.

"Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people on situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's life or to inspire people in different times."

This photo is of my son, Wilfred. Crawling and playing amongst the beautiful, autumn leaves, beneath a great oak tree. I took a few of him here, but this is the image that most appeals to me. It's not perfect. It's not straightforward. And that's why I love it.