For folk, for family and for the memories…
“Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you”
Bookends, Simon & Garfunkel
I feel like I’ve known Christina since the beginning of my photographic journey. Since the beginning of our families. You see, when I started into photography I was a big fan of flickr groups. Flickr is international and it was always a real pleasure to meet local people that you can connect with. We shared our photos and we helped each other. And we watched our children grow. Starting families, exploring photography, uploading sweet memories. Christina, for me, has been there from the beginning. One of my first friends in the NI photography community and we’ve been sharing the adventures and trials of motherhood together online ever since. It was such an honour to finally meet her and document her family. We know as photographers, and mothers, how hard it is to come out from behind the camera. To be real and be present. But this is so important, not just for us, but for our kids. So that they can remember that mummy was always there. Always there as we are in real time. Providing the meals, helping with homework, wiping noses, tucking them in at night. Loving and caring to our full capacity. And no one sees it except the kids. They love you through and through no matter what hang-ups you might have about yourself. We need to forget our insecurities and create memories for them. To be in the picture. I’m so glad she had the courage to do this. I only hope I will have that courage myself sometime soon. Here are some pictures of Justin, Christina, Gabriella and Max on their adventures around the Folk Park on a cold frosty November afternoon.
And can I just add, photographers you are amazing, not just behind the camera, but in front of it.