Learning what you love.
As many of you know my second biggest passion in life is breastfeeding. Or to be more accurate, it’s supporting women who wish to breastfeed to succeed in meeting their own, personal goals. Whatever that looks like for each individual.
This means that once a week I get together with other like minded women and we learn together how to increase our knowledge and our skill and our ability to empathise and communicate effectively.
We get homework.
It’s early days but I’m loving it and it’s making me excited. There’s something very special about surrounding yourself with strong women with similar passions.
Doing what you love.
All the while I’m still volunteering for a couple of hours a week at a local breastfeeding support group. Helping breastfeeding parents with their feeding goals with tea and information.
If you are local to Portsmouth here is a list groups around the city. (If you live in Havant or Gosport there are lots of groups there too so please google it if you need support)
Please remember these are run by volunteers so most are term time only.
Doing what you love. And doing it a lot!
So all this breastfeeding got me thinking. How could I incorporate that into Earthside??
And then one morning, while I sat, feeding Earthside the Younger, the obvious occurred to me… Breastfeeding photography!!!
So I gathered up a couple of breastfeeding friends. (Like I said, it’s good to surround yourself with like minded friends!) And we went somewhere beautiful and we played and fed.
It was so lovely to be in such a beautiful setting, in the beautiful, green English countryside with our babies!
Love the process.
As you know, I’ve been on maternity leave so I’ve not been able to use my camera as much as would like but what I have done is invested in a second camera. This gives me the benefit of added security and is also small enough to go in the nappy bag. So I’ve spent a bit of time getting to grips with the new toy and I can’t lie, it’s love!
It has been a steep learning curve though and the first day we went to Titchfield Abbey it didn’t all go to plan, technically. Instead of getting down about it, I gathered my lovely ladies back up and off we went again.
Both days the weather was incredible. Glorious sunshine. My favourite! So we relaxed with snacks and fed our babies and took some photos.
My kinda day!
Without further ado, here is a peak at the results!
Don’t they look wonderful?! I feel so privileged to photograph such important keepsakes of the journeys of the magnificent women and their babes.
Feel the love.
For me it’s all about feeling the love. Getting that oxytocin flowing and letting the magic unfold before my lens. Whether its during birth or on your journey after.
Watch this space to find out how you can get involved in the next few days!