Monday 31 March 2014

13: Marie

Portraits - the Motherhood series. 

Marie and my sister have been besties since childhood. A talented art director, Marie is creative, funny, down to earth, incredibly thoughtful and loyal. She is a beauty inside and out. 

Five and a half months ago, Marie and her husband Daniel became parents for the first time. A beautiful, inquisitive, happy girl named Penelope. At thirty, they were the first of their friends to become parents so it's been quite a learning curve. Marie tells me it took her the first three months to really embrace motherhood and accept all the changes that came with it. After Penny was born, she felt overwhelming social and personal pressures to return to the person she was pre-motherhood, both physically and mentally. She's since acknowledged that after such a life changing experience, it's perfectly ok to have a scar. To skip going for a run in order to spend precious moments with her growing baby girl. To prioritise her time focusing on the things she is most passionate about - family, friends and being creative.

Whilst becoming parents has without doubt, been the best thing to happen to Marie and Daniel, Marie admits that her toughest adjustment was having to become completely selfless. Life was no longer just about the two of them. This realisation has in turn given Marie a deeper appreciation for her own parents and all they have done / continue to do for them. Knowing now that this profound desire to be completely selfless for her daughter will never leave her.

You can view all of my portraits from 2013/14 by clicking on the Portrait Series links in the right sidebar of this page.

Belinda x

1 comment:

  1. Little ones certainly do turn life upside down.....but your beautiful friend is right that we gain a greater appreciation for our parents who paved the way before us. Xx


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