Over one year ago, I started to work on Real Breastfeeding Project. And for many reasons, it was sitting in my drawer and despite meeting so many amazing women, listened to their stories, I wasn’t able to publish it. My original plan was to meet a few women and capture them while they are feeding their precious children. And I did.
One thing you should know about me is that I have a kind of funny way of working. I always get soooo excited about something and without much thinking, I just jump into it. Then I get another idea and another and then it is no longer what I initially planned and even if it’s great I get really overwhelmed by it and I don’t know what to do with myself anymore.
I met some great mums and some of them became my friends. And other mums were coming and I wanted to meet them all. I also had the ambition to write a long blog post for each of them and that’s probably where I got stuck for a year… I can’t even believe it is really that long, I mean, how did that happen? I love writing but I have to get into some particular mood and mindset otherwise it just doesn’t work 🤔
I have got my photos and I had other mums that were interested and I couldn’t say no to them. Because you know what, this is what I enjoy. All these side projects and model calls when you know that there is no pressure whatsoever because you are there to have fun.
Then I had a good amount of photos and I thought, there is no diversity in this set. I was looking for mums of colour but unfortunately, I didn’t find any that would allow me to publish such intimate pictures 😞 At least for now 😉
After all this, I was like, ok. I have to stop overthinking everything and I will have to go ahead and publish it as soon as possible before it will come too awkward to do something. That was in March. And then lockdown happened. With huge ups and downs for my life our whole family.
What a ride! Here we are, after second World Breastfeeding Week since I started to work on this project 😉😉😉😉
I have to say, it was great anyway.
I learned so much about myself and about where I want to go with photography. I finally realised that paperwork and deadlines just don’t work for me (waving at my coworkers that are standing at the back 😆😆😆😆).
And one thing is for sure. This project is for life and will probably never end for me. And will go beyond breastfeeding. It is mainly about celebrating humans, capturing beautiful bodies and individuals.
Getting to know not only new people but also myself 😉
I hope you will enjoy the photos I am about to post in the next couple of days. I really love them, each of them is so different and have a different feel. I like to observe how I was getting more and more confident with each mum that I had the honour to meet.