Siobhan is one of the incredible women taking part in my DISCOVER YOU series, celebrating you, what has shaped you and who you are now. She is mum of 4 and this was the first time she did something just for her in a very long time. Despite the initial nerves, Siobhan was excited to try something new and see the non-mum version of herself.
I’ve spentI met my husband at 21, we had our 1st (of 4) child when I was 22. He was a preemie, at 10 days old he stopped breathing and did not wake up for 10 days (he developed hyperthermia) but he is now 15 and doing well. Our 2nd child came 17 months later (also a preemie who spent 3 weeks in nicu), when I was pregnant with him I knew something was different. It turns out he is autistic (diagnosed at 4) and also has chronic kidney disease (diagnosed at 10 after have a 2.5cm kidney stone and one kidney removed). We obviously had the next 2 children who both went to term (although number 3 tried to come at 32 weeks and I had lots of injections to ensure she would be healthy). On our 1st wedding anniversary we found out that 2 of our children had inherited a rare cancer gene that meant the had to have their thyroids removed before they were 10.
What do you want from life, talk to me about your dreams?
I want happy, healthy kids and to continue my career (I am a dispenser in a GP surgery).
What would you like to do more each day?
I would like to be the mum my children deserve. They are the core of who I am and I am so proud of them
What would your perfect day look like?
My perfect day is reading and crocheting, having a picnic with my husband and children and just giving them all time to be themselves.
Who (or what) motivates you to do your very best?
My children and husband. They motivate me to be the best version of myself always.
3 things on your bucket list
1: see a formula 1 race….. preferably Silverstone
2: go to New Zealand
3: hold my future grandchildren
What are the biggest things you’ve learned in life to date?
Don’t judge, be yourself, accept that no one is perfect and to smile.
What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
Don’t fear the future, or yourself. You are exactly the person you are meant to be! Keep being strong, accept help and treasure those that are good friends.
When was the last time you felt comfortable in your own skin?
My husband makes me feel beautiful but for myself before children and stretch marks.
Why were photographs important to you now?
Because I deserve to feel confident in all aspects of myself.
How did you feel seeing your finished images?
Amazing! I have never felt more beautiful. To see my husbands face be in awe of who I am was stunning.
Photo & Retouch Renata Clarke
Makeup & Hair Styling Aleksandra Guz
I’m photographing 40 amazing women over 40 in 2021. If you’re in your 40s 50s 60s+, I’d love you to be one of them! CLICK HERE for more info about this new campaign featuring exhibition and magazine celebrating women over 40.
Renata specialises in magazine style portrait and boudoir photography. Her main focus is to empower women through the tailored experience and beautiful fine art portraits that will last a lifetime. Get in touch to reserve your complimentary consultation and talk about your dream portraits.