Stories of Modern Motherhood. Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas – Breaking the Taboo

Becoming a mother is a momentous event in any woman’s life and for many can overhaul their entire perception of self and identity. So much of our sense of self is tied up in how we are perceived by others.

Psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks compares the transition to motherhood to that undergone in adolescence where our whole role in society is changing combined with huge hormonal changes and that conflict between our old selves and our new. She claims that this can lead to women feeling like they must be depressed or they’re not normal for having these responses, when in fact it is entirely commonplace – it just isn’t talked about or portrayed in media.

Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas Breaking the Taboo focuses on tattooed mothers as a visual metaphor to question how the role of motherhood can subsume and overshadow women’s identities as individuals alongside the stereotypes surrounding motherhood and looks at the women behind the title ‘Mother’.

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Documenting the everyday of family life: Forest Hill and south London documentary family photographer. Day in the life photo session, Horniman Gardens

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I first photographed Ben and Catherine and their family over three years ago at one of their – and my – favourite haunts, the Horniman Gardens.
I was delighted when Ben contacted me again to say he was surprising Catherine with a birthday present to document their now slightly bigger family with Miranda joining big brother Fred. So we headed back down to the Horniman once again to capture some special family moments simply kicking a ball around, playing on scooters and ride-on cars and an impromptu game of cricket or two.

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Watch her grow – documentary family photographer baby photography session

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This was my last session of 2017 and some familiar faces to cheer up a grey December day. I first photographed this gorgeous girl back in the summer for a newborn photography session in London when she was just about 10 days old. That time it was all tears and cuddles and outfit changes to cope with the poo explosions! But this time, the sun may not have been shining, but her smile definitely was.

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Huffington Post: Take photos like a Duchess and give your family the 'Royal treatment' London family photographer

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Unless you’ve been on a January detox retreat in the Himalayas with no access to news or internet you won’t have missed that Princess Charlotte attended her first day at nursery this week – or that the official photos were taken by her mum, rather than a professional photographer.
The Duchess of Cambridge is known to be a keen photographer and was also the lady behind the lens for the princess’ first official photos as a newborn with her big brother Prince George as well as Prince George’s first day at school.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: top tips for making the best of your festive season photos | London family photographer

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With all the snow and the freezing cold weather I think it’s safe to say that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And what better time than the festive season to get out your camera and getting some snaps of your little ones. After all, it comes but once a year and if there’s a time when happy faces are pretty much guaranteed then it’s when the prospect of Santa and presents is on the horizon!

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