My Mum and Me on Mother’s Day
Yes, flowers are great, chocolates are a lovely treat, skin care and perfumes and spa treatments and a Sunday roast in a country pub are all pleasant as gifts. But they don’t last. Maybe the perfume will do your Mum for a few months, but traditional Mother’s Day gifts can…well, they can lack imagination, can’t they?
Mother’s Day gifts are best when they are special, with that added bit of thoughtfulness, and they don’t always have to come from the kids. Personally, I never understood the CD’s of soppy music and DVD’s of rom coms advertised as ideal gifts for Mother’s Day. You can stick your neck out and get your Mum tickets to see Bon Jovi, a drive of a Ferrari for the day or a celebratory tattoo – depends on what your Mum likes. But on the whole, the shops are full of pink fluffy stuff for Mums – marketing ploys that focus on the frilly side of femininity and tend to forget the huge, life-long, all-consuming dedication that being a mother is all about. As a Mum, what I want most in the world is a cup of tea that I haven’t made and that is still hot when I get the chance to sip it, and an uninterrupted bath in which I can soak until it goes cold and my toes are wrinkled! And wonderful memories for the rest of our lives.
That’s where a photo shoot comes in. I mean, how many photos have you got with your Mum? Usually, Mums are on the other side of the lens, taking hundreds of snapshots of the kids – I should know, there are so few photos of me with my Mum! Grans and Mums tend to hide – in the kitchen when there are family gatherings, behind a menu if they’re out to dinner, behind all the kids in group photographs… you name it, Nan and Mum are lurking behind it and away from the camera.
Photo sessions are a wonderful, lasting gift for Mum, or, indeed, for that special woman in your life whom you think of as a Mum. A personal family photo session is a great way to celebrate family love and, above all, motherhood. Beautiful photographs last for always. They are passed from one generation to the next, and this is one way to record a lasting legacy for arguably the leading light in most families.
To make it extra special, not only can you book a photo session for Mum (with or without kids – grown up or otherwise) but you could also throw in a make-up artist and hair stylist and add the fun of a makeover to the session! Sessions can be outdoors, in her favourite place, in her home, in a studio – in a location that is comfortable and where she will feel at ease. The great thing about living and working in Medway, are the many, readily accessible locations for outdoor photography sessions: Capstone Park, on the banks of the Medway estuary, Rochester Castle gardens, Riverside Country Park, Broomhill overlooking the Medway river as it winds towards the sea…too many places to list them all!
This year, treat Mum to a Mother’s Day photography session, and your family will have beautiful images to last for generations to come.
DAY 28? I’ve lost track of how many days we have been cocooned in this weird limbo that is the coronavirus lockdown. Like so many other small businesses and freelancers, I’ve had to freeze my commissions and stop going out to meet clients. Thank goodness for...
Many of us will by now be at home, pretty much confined to indoors unless we have a garden, because of a pandemic the likes of which have not been seen since the end of the First World War. This is the stuff of apocalyptic movies and it feels a bit surreal – on the...
What has talking about mum-stress got to do with photography, I bet you’re asking yourself. Well, it has as much to do with photography, especially family portrait photography, as it has to do in any walk of life, and as a working Mum, I have to deal with a good...
Jessica Richardson Photography
Medway, Maidstone and Kent