All of a sudden we’re in March and once again Mothers day is upon us. My parents moved away a few years ago. Since they retired to the seaside so I don’t get to see them as much as i’d like any more. So days like Mothers day are always an opportunity to reflect. Mums all over the country will no doubt be walking up to specially prepared breakfasts, cards and cuddles!
In my job as a wedding photographer, I get to witness lots of family relationships. Particularly the relationships between mother and daughter. This is owing to the fact that I cover bridal prep at almost every wedding we shoot. As such I get to observe all kinds of relationships. I always feel incredibly honoured to be welcomed in at such a private and personal time in a families life.
It’s humbling and emotional to be a part of those moments. Not just the happy moments and the moments of joy, but also those of sadness sometimes too. Moments of frustration.
There are mums like mine who’d give you the coat off their back and their last penny if they thought it would make you happy. There are those who watch silently from a distance taking it all in. Some mums flap and fuss and busy themselves because they are just so committed to making sure everything goes just right. There are selfie loving mum, step mums and emotional mothers. There are mums who lovingly tease and those who don’t usually wear dresses or make up and are a little overwhelmed by it all! Some of our brides are mums themselves, or mummies to be.
Sadly sometimes there are also mums who aren’t there at all. Mums who would have loved to be there. Those mums aren’t forgotten or overlooked, their presence is felt in other ways.
Mums come in all shapes and sizes and as much as they sometimes drive us crazy in their own special way, we feel incredibly lucky that they’ve been a part of our lives.
So here’s a very small tribute to some of the mums we’ve been lucky enough to meet and work with. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing today, we hope today is a special one.