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Kate Griffin Photography // London Family Documentary Photographer » Celebrating family life in London and across the UK

To all the mothers, mums, moms, grannies, grandmas, nannnies and nans, happy mother’s day. You wonderful lot.

To all the mums-in-waiting, to those that know they have the love to give, but no one yet to pour it into, happy mother’s day to you too. Please don’t be heartbroken today.

Because you can get there. It is possible. I promise that it is possible. But I can only imagine how tough it is for you whilst you wait.

I don’t believe in miracles. But I do believe in wonders. I’ve met one.

She was born last year and they called her Molly Wonder. “Because she is a wonder after all,” her mum said. I smile every time I remember she is here. Every time I think of her, how happy she’s made her proud parents, I grin.

Molly’s prologue isn’t short or straightforward and IVF played a helping hand in her beginning. Rosie and her husband are busy writing that story themselves, so when it’s ready for you to soak up, laugh and cry over, I’ll be telling you how to get hold of it.

I published Rosie’s maternity portraits this week and people said how beautiful she looked, they noticed how she glowed. I think that’s because there was a light inside her.

The light arrived. With ten fingers, and ten tiny toes.

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Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Even the most natural things take a little work. And Rosie wanted to do the work necessary so that she could enjoy breastfeeding Molly. It was important to her to have that experience with her baby, to bond, to spend that time together.

I got to capture it for them both, this incredible time in both their lives, which can be so fleeting and all the more special because of that. And like any self-respecting baby who knows her own mind and is determined, Molly found just the right position for her.

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Breastfeeding can be a sleepy affair, full of soothing and sweet gulps and soft whispers. Or it can be a wide awake affair, staring into your baby’s eyes, thinking about what they’re thinking about, feeling how much they are loved.

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And if you are lucky, a little patient, and a bit determined yourself you can be in just the right place to photograph the complete connection between them – eyes locked, head held, smile beaming down.

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And maybe even the wide awake feeds become the heavy-lidded, snoozy ones after a while.

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Molly Wonder finishes. Both sides.

Then she fixes me with a quizzical look, pouts slightly and seems a touch annoyed that it’s all over. So Rosie wraps her up in love.

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Which did the trick, because Molly then slept in the pub for two whole hours whilst we feasted on possibly the best burger I’ve ever eaten. And I’ve eaten one or two. Rosie has a hungry baby to breastfeed. I don’t have that excuse. Just a healthy dose of good old fashioned greed.

Inspired by the MILK project I photographed, Rosie and the magnificent Molly Wonder are the first mother and baby duo to be photographed for my new breastfeeding portrait sessions. I’m VERY excited about them. This year, I’m offering a unique portrait package that captures this fleeting period of early motherhood.

I understand what an achievement it is for you to breastfeed. I know how much you treasure the time spent with your baby, so why not create something beautiful and tangible to remember it with. You’ll love these images. Rosie does.

I’d love to help you celebrate this very special time with your baby, so if you’d like to learn more about a Milk session, just get in touch by emailing kate@kategriffinphotography.com and I’ll send you all the information you’ll need.

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Rosie will be a spectacular mother. I’ve always felt that. Although it was heartbreaking to watch her wait for that role, through the adventures of IVF, which she faced with her husband with great humour and huge sorrow. They have their own story to tell about that and I can’t wait to read it. Usually I hate to know the ending of stories. But here’s a spoiler: this story ends beautifully, with an arrival and the beginning of another chapter, called “Family Life.”

A moment of full disclosure. I am personally attached to these portraits.

Not just because I took them, because there’s always a little bit of who I am left in the pictures I take. It’s more than that. Because I was desperate to do good work for Rosie, my good friend. She’s always been a supporter of my photography. She loves the images of mine that I love. She knows when I’ve done my best work.

Maybe, on the day of her session, we wandered a bit too long, looking for the perfect spot, the perfect light, the moment when I would do my best work. Because I was nervous. I was worried that I wouldn’t do proper justice to Rosie and her wonderful bump. I was dragging my heels, literally, through the pinecones and the twigs.

And Rosie laughed at me. Because she knew what I was up to.

Busted.

Here’s the lesson. You already know it. I did.

The situation will never be perfect. The moment never arrives, knocking politely on the door, asking if you’re ready. You just have to do. And act. And get started.

We got started.

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I love this photograph. There’s a memory attached to it that makes me smile. It involves a slightly fraught photographer, perspiring lightly, searching for lost glasses in the heather. It also involves a heavily pregnant woman, heaving herself up, avoiding the spiders and crawlies, whilst also casting her eye about for said glasses. We were both laughing at ourselves, at how ridiculous we must have appeared. Our friendship is a history of slight silliness in social situations. And here we now were, feeling like we were playing at being grown ups, a professional photographer and a pregnant lady, scrabbling around in the hopeless pursuit of finding my lost glasses.

Rosie found them.

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And then the sun starts to set. The moments have been arriving without me recognising them. But now I see them very clearly, in that early evening light.

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And the sun set, but we kept on shooting. I’m so happy that we did. Because how often do you get pink skies and pregnant silhouettes?

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Spending this time, creating these images, it is the best of what I do.

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  • March 27, 2014 - 11:10 am

    Pam Hordon - Wowzers! Amazing photographs (such amazing colours .. and the light – wow!) .. and then there’s the story to go with it – you are a fantastic photographer and writer Ms Griffin 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 27, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    pen - That last shot – breathtaking!

    Gorgeous images and a beautiful and heartfelt write-up. Congratulations to Rosie and her husband too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Yasmin - So beautiful, the story, the photos, the woman, the friendship.ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Rosie - Lovely Kate. You had no need to worry, you did your best work, as always. Trust you to find the perfect light, create the most genuine, natural moments and still find time for a hilarious adventure. It was a magical evening, celebrating the precious bump, one I can treasure forever with your wonderful photographs. I knew you were good but these are truly special. Thank you from the bottom of my heart xReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2014 - 10:19 am

    Georgedphotography - Wow..Great clicks. I am sure that this pictures will let you cherish these fabulous moments for lifetime. Amazingly portrayed and depicted. I am so happy that I came across your blog and had an great experience going through them. Thanks a lot for sharing..!ReplyCancel

What on earth do you do if you want to celebrate your pregnancy with portraits, but don’t want to drape yourself in fabric or do a Demi?

Here’s a suggestion. Why not feel settled at home, relaxed and comfortable in the space that your bundle will soon be arriving in? Why not surround yourself with the things that mean the most to you and let them tell a chapter of the story too? Because for me, maternity photography is not just about photographing shape, it’s about recording a piece of history for you. And I think that history works best, tells the fullest story, with a little bit of context for you.

Your life before they arrive. The house before the toys take over. The dog who is, and will always be, the apple of your eye. No matter who steals your heart in a few weeks time.

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I am an unashamed dog lover. My instagram feed suggests a slight obsession. So if you have a dog in your life and want them to be a part of the session, GREAT! Seriously. Extra brownie points for you. Don’t be worried about asking. My dog is a part of my family, so I fully expect yours to be a much loved member of yours too.

This handsome chap has helped propel border terriers straight into the top 5 of my “MOST LOVED DOG BREEDS” list.

There is a list.

He is all character, all quizzical expression, all sorts of smart and funny. He is as adored as he is adorable.

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I’d love to say he sat on that rug like an old pro.

I’d love to say he was in one position, behaving, offering his paw when asked because that is cute.

I’d love to. But I can’t.

We had fleeting moments of focus, carefully concealed dog treats and still he wanted to run over my way and see what the hell I was up to. Generally what I was up to was laughing out loud and trying to avoid having my shoe stolen.

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Sometimes there is very little point in preparing your face for photographs. The tastiest make-up will be removed via the licking method.

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The nursery you decorated, that nest you’ve built, will never be the same when the new tenant moves in.

You can enjoy it now as it is – totally tidy, perfectly ordered, everything in the proper place. That row of children’s classics you’ll be reading and enjoying all over again. Those clothes that you hope will fit, even for a short window of a few weeks. The nappies that you plan to conquer when you become a Pampers-Origami master.

But for now, feet up and wait.

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It’s a quiet space today. A little hushed. Expectant – like you.

These are the maternity photographs I want to take. This is the beginning of your family story that I want to tell. And in the next blog post, I’ll show you what happens when part of that story gets told outside.

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  • March 25, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Kirsten Mavric Photography - I love these, Kate. She really is radiant. I’m also coveting her hall carpet 😉ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Kerry - Gorgeous! She looks completely as I wished I had looked in my pregnancies.. radiant, expectant, beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Rosie - I’m so grateful to you my dear friend. I’m so very glad to have such lovely images of this extra special time. And very happy to have some photos of me and my doggy. You are a true talent as well as being a bloody good laugh. Thank you xReplyCancel