So in the weirdness that is post lockdown not really lockdown but not back to normal life as we once knew it either, we had our first TCL photoshoot.
The vibe we wanted to create was a celebration of real women; the halcyon days of a British summer on the south coast; women loving, supporting and lifting each other up. It was really important to me that this shoot felt real and honest. What better women to represent this than my sister and my friends? Working Mum’s, Mum’s that don’t work right now, Business Owners and all round awesome women.
To be frank I wasn’t sure any of them would be up for this, (in my chaotic and self doubting mind, why would they do this for me?) they all thought they wouldn’t be good enough. (which made me weep) It was another example of the countless times when you have epic women in your life they come through for you when it counts, regardless of their own insecurities. The bloody sun didn’t, but hey ho, that’s a British summer for you.
The location, to me is pretty special, it’s where me and my husband, three year old son Freddie and my Boxer Lexi spent many an hour during lockdown, once we were allowed out. And now, we are still there a lot because it’s awesome, local, free and you can take dogs…
Obviously there were some initial WTF moments from us all in the planning of this shoot but the team totally got where I wanted to get to with it. How, I am not quite sure, because while it was all in my head, my ability to articulate that to them in a continuous state of high end panic and anxiety was ropey at best. Abi from The Cole Portfolio, our photographer, just got it, right from the start. I tend to live by my gut (in more ways than one…) and I knew she was right for TCL months ago when we chatted. In her friendly, lively, bubbly way she and my wonderful women brought my 10 year vision to life; while I faffed and flapped about, unable to function like a normal person, they were trudging through fields, wading through water and supping prosecco on demand. Suffice to say, this is the first and last shoot I am likely to be part of, in front of the camera. I am not a natural; far too invested, gurneyish and self-conscious, thankfully the others were incredible and are up for plenty more – yay.
Abi, Sarah, Jo, Clare, Holly and Louise thank you for being part of this middle aged bird’s dream. Embracing it, laughing with and at me- totally deservingly, I was quite ridiculous a lot of the time and supporting unwaveringly. I love you and I am very very grateful, bring on autumn/winter.