So recently, it was International Pay it Forward Day! Now, I hadn't heard of this one before, but I really love and admire the concept, and so wanted to get involved. I decided that I would gift a mini Womanhood shoot to someone that really deserved it, and all I asked in return was that they 'pay it forward'. And after speaking with my hair and make-up stylist (Hall of Fame - Styling), Deborah kindly offered to gift a styling session prior to the shoot as well, so what a wonderful pampering treat this would be!
By way of Facebook, I asked people to nominate someone who they thought deserved to receive the photoshoot, and why. I had some lovely nominations and found it really difficult to decide (I wanted to choose them all!). However, I finally settled on a nomination from Sue for her mum, Jenny.
"She's the most caring person, always there for everyone... She was brought up not knowing her real family, but through sheer hard work found 4 of her siblings a few years ago... Sadly 3 have now passed away (one only yesterday), and she is feeling very low. This is something my mum would never think of having done, and I would love to spoil her."
On the day of the shoot, Jenny and Sue arrived together. We got Jenny into her hair and make-up, while we all chatted and got to know each other. And seeing how fast Jenny could remember all the names of her 12 great grand children was impressive!
I suggested that it would be great to photograph Sue and Jenny together at the end of the shoot, and Deborah kindly offered to make-over Sue as well! Jenny and I moved into my studio and worked our way through different poses, backgrounds and outfits, laughing all the way. She is such a lovely and beautiful lady, with a gorgeous style and love for colour, and it was a real pleasure to take her portrait. At the end of the shoot, Sue joined us and I captured their portrait together, as mother and daughter.
During the session, Sue explained how they had been 'paying it forward'..."I have organised a seaside entertainment day for 22 local elderly people in my area at the Ightham Darby and Joan Club that I organise."