I think I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m a HUGE supporter of breast feeding. I fed both of my daughters for longer than I think many people feel comfortable about, 2.5 years for both of them. I’m not embarrassed, I’m not ashamed, I’m proud and thrilled to have been able to do such a thing for my kids. Not that it wasn’t hard at times because it was, but it was worth it all. Now I’m not doing it any more I do miss it sometimes. I miss it when my kids are poorly or upset or when they just need comfort especially…don’t get me wrong, I don’t miss it so much that I wish I could feed my nearly 6 year old, but there’s a bond that breastfeeding brings that you loose when you stop. You can create different bonds, you can create equal bonds and you can create fabulous bonds, its just different. But I’ve done my time…5 solid years of breast feeding was enough for me and my girls and its nice to be able to drink, go out without worrying about feeds and so on.
And so it is that I became involved in a local project, Women of Wonford. UK breast feeding rates are shockingly low, and the area I live in has the lowest rates in Exeter and so my local Family Centre wanted to do a campaign to grab attention and inspire.
I’m delighted to have been involved with the planning of the campaign from the very start, and there are posters, handouts and on the 14th May the posters will be in bus stops through the relevant area.
I’ll do a more serious post about the campaign, and the launch and my involvement at a later date but for now I’m going to just talk about the frivolous stuff, the make up and the photoshoot!
For the make up for the day I drafted in the help of the very lovely Eve Ashby and I also roped in the fabulously lovely Franky from Love Audrey to be part of the poster campaign. There were several other Mum’s being photographed and made up that day but Franky and I had the privilege of having Eve all to hours selves for the morning rather than the 10 mins allotted to the other Mum’s later in the day. Sorry other Mums!
The idea of the shoot was that all the Mum’s would look like “normal” Mums, and so the brief wasn’t to be overly glamorous or glitzy and I think Eve did a lovely job of making us look great for the photographs.
So here’s a little selection!
And a few closer pics of the make up Eve did.
I’m afraid I can’t remember everything that was used but I know it was Nars Sheer Glow foundation and Chanel powder and I think the eyeshadow was Nars too. Not terribly helpful but if Eve remembers I’ll update the post!
And to see how Franky and I fitted into the final posters, take a look.
I must also thank Jonathon Bosley who took all the professional photographs for the campaign and let me have the above images.
So I’ll be back to do a less frivolous post about this after the campaign has launched, I just wanted to share the photographs as it was such a fun day and so lovely to see Eve and Franky.