Sunday 6 April 2014

14: Hiam

Portraits - the Motherhood series. 

It's ok to not have all the answers. It's ok to work it out as you go, make a wrong turn or two. It was always meant to be this way. I love talking with Hiam. She is serene. Conversation is easy and often insightful. She smiles alot and she has an authentic, humble quality that instantly disarms.

After eight years, a formidable laser disc soundtrack, a good dose of humour and a baby boy, Hiam and Joe were married in 2006. They were in their early twenties when they became parents and were admittedly naive to what it really meant. But they knew one thing for sure. They knew that if they were together, everything would be just fine.

Joe, and their son Ryan, now twelve, are Hiam's whole world. It really is plain as day to see the three of them together. Soon this beautiful team of three will become four. Hiam tells me that the most surprising thing about motherhood was how tough it can be sometimes. No one stage is easier than another, there are just different challenges. Like most mothers, Hiam says she found it hard to let on about the toughness of it all. It felt like she had to keep on, having people think that it's all smooth sailing. It's not.

Together Hiam, Joe and Ryan have lived all over the world. Hiam approaches change with a sense of optimism and opportunity. I get the sense that she can do this so confidently because of her two great loves by her side. She and Joe grew with Ryan as people, as a couple and as parents. Nothing makes her happier than to see the boys messing around having a laugh together. Those beautiful, peripheral moments so vividly defining all that they mean to 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. What a beautiful family! And such a stunning shot friend! I couldn't agree more about each stage having its own challenges. You get used to one challenge and then the next one comes! She sounds like a strong woman! Hope you are well! Nicole xo


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