So who am I?
This is a question that I have been asking myself more and more over the past few months. Before Leo was born, I had a career, a social life (okay, that might be a lie) and endless hours to spend however I chose. I used my brain on a daily basis (who would have thought?) and was passionate about my job as a primary school teacher. Don't get me wrong, I was incredibly eager to become a mum, and have loved (almost) every minute of the last six months, I just didn't anticipate that in gaining a son I would be losing a big part of myself and who I am along the way. I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the long walks around Centennial Park or the weekly picnics with my new mothers group, but for a while now I've just felt that something was missing.
I have always been a creative. Prior to teaching primary, I was a high school art teacher and with a previous degree in design. I freelanced as a graphic designer throughout my time teaching. Photography has always played a role in my life, but it wasn't until I had Leo (and had a little spare time on my hands) that I was able to give it my full attention. As a life long learner, I was eager to build upon my skill set and enjoyed immersing myself in something that was all my own. I had a drive and ambition that I hadn't seen in myself for a long time, and I had somewhere to channel it.
Birth has always fascinated me. Even before falling pregnant with Leo I was a birth junkie. I listened to the Australian Birth Stories podcast ritually every Monday and would trawl the internet for birth photographs and videos. I love the authenticity of birth, in all its raw and primal glory. I love the connection between mother and child and the teamwork required between the two. I love that no two births are the same. Most of all, I love that birth is no longer seen as a means to an end, but rather as something to be experienced, cherished, and owned. This is what I want to capture. I want mamas to be able to look back on the images from their birth and remember every tiny little detail. Because that's where it all started.