Workshop Wednesdays Vol.42

Workshop Wednesdays vol. 42

Sending a big heartfelt shout out to the all of the Mums out there – this one is for you! A celebration of love, mess and creation… The photo series below is simply incredible and shows that “The past provides a visible anchor of the present, and the present is continually recontextualizing the past.” You’ll see what I mean….! We also present a beautiful portrait of Twiggy and her daughter as Rankin, one of the worlds top photographers, honours Mother’s Day. And if you are looking for a last minute present for your Mum or partner, look no further! See link below for details. We wish you a wonderful weekend with the family and hope you can celebrate and be celebrated!


Photo For Thought

“Photographer Beth Farnsworth, who works in the Roanoke, Virginia area, says she managed to nail the perfect shot thanks to a mixture of the right angles and luck.

“The birth was little girl number five for this family. They had done previous birth centre births, so this hospital birth was a bit different for them,” Beth explained to The Healthy Mummy.

“The mum knew she wanted to labour and birth on her hands and knees, so was quick to remind her OB and nurses of her plan. Everyone was very encouraging and positive about it all!”

Beth says that while the mum was in transition, she’d had some leakage of her water, but it wasn’t until her baby’s head emerged that the real action began.

“When they baby’s head emerged completely, there was a loud gushing noise and the nurses all had a loud gasp! I remembering shouting ‘I caught that!’. But with only another push, the baby was out quickly and the rush of birth caused everyone to completely forget it even happened, admittedly! It wasn’t until editing the images that I was able to fully see what was captured! It was quite amazing!”


In The News

The Best Of… Celebrating Mum!

Please be sure to scroll down to see the full series of photos. It has honestly inspired me to try something similar when we start our little family!

“In a 2001 series called “I Sign; I Exist,” the Taiwanese photographer Annie Wang took pictures of her pregnant belly as she signed and dated it, the way an artist autographs a canvas. The experience of pregnancy, she wrote, in a statement about the series, presented a paradox: her body was performing a great feat of creation, but, in doing so, it was beginning to overshadow the creative identity she’d earned through her work as an artist. In the eyes of the world, pregnancy and motherhood can turn a woman into a mere vessel, subsumed by the sacrifices she makes for her children. In these photos, Wang asserts her active role in the making of another life, reframing motherhood as a grand creative endeavor.

A self-portrait of Wang showing off her signed, swollen belly, also from 2001, is the first photo in her ongoing series “Mother as Creator.” She sits on a bed, alone, wearing only underwear and staring defiantly at the camera. The next photo in the series, taken a year later, shows Wang holding her infant son on her lap with one hand, the camera clicker in the other. On the wall behind her hangs the self-portrait from her pregnancy. In the third image, it is the second photo that hangs behind Wang and her son, now a toddler, who stands beside her with his leg in a cast. His injury isn’t explained, but it hints at his growing ability to move through the world on his own, with all the risks and vulnerabilities that entails. The portrait of Wang’s pregnancy is still visible, as a frame within a frame within a frame, receding into the background. In each successive photo, the viewer is looking down a lengthening “time-tunnel,” as Wang calls it. The past provides a visible anchor of the present, and the present is continually recontextualizing the past.”

Iconic Photographer


Twiggy © Rankin

“After Rankin lost his mum, Anne, he decided to help immortalise people with theirs through his iconic photography. This Mother’s Day, he’s releasing a whole series of images of celebs and their maters

It’s been ten years since Rankin, the acclaimed photographer and director, lost his mother, Anne. For Rankin, as for anyone who has lost theirs, Mother’s Day is a difficult time without her around.

But four years ago, to mark Mothering Sunday, Rankin offered everyone at his office a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: he would photograph them with their mother. It was such a success that now he’s turned his lens back to his usual celebrity clientele and the matriarchs in their lives.

From 31 March, you’ll be able to see the photo series ahead of a full exhibition next year and, if we cross our fingers extra tight, a coffee table book. Included are Henry Holland, Twiggy, Will Young, Ella Eyre, Tom Kerridge, Maya Jama and Sadie Frost.”


First Lady Michelle Obama and kids double-dutch jump rope during a taping for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge and Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
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Interesting Read

“Michelle Obama rocketed into the American consciousness shortly after her husband’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention galvanized voters and launched his national political career. In those early days, reporters grappled with how to describe the statuesque wife of Illinois state senator Barack Obama. Some, besotted by her flawless fashion choices, likened her to Jacqueline Kennedy, while others, noting her deep intelligence, invoked Eleanor Roosevelt. But neither description seemed quite right. And from the outset, Michelle evaded classification as a political plus-one, destined instead to become a force in her own right.

She was, for starters, never just a senator’s wife. The towering 5-foot-11 Michelle was a Princeton- and Harvard-educated attorney in possession of a sharp wit, formidable ambition—and arms that would make a gladiator blush. If some political spouses such as Hillary Clinton embraced the limelight, and others, such as Barbara Bush, opted for domesticity, Michelle Obama fit neither mold. She told anyone who would listen that she hated politics, and yet she seemed also to chafe at expectations that she play a deferential role. It wasn’t always easy going. “


Story of the week

Possibly one of my favourite cake smash photo shoots of all time! We can’t share all of the photos as there was a very naked little bottom running around (covered in cake!) but I think you will get the idea! Ben has been a mate for nearly 20 years now, and to see him build a family with the love of his life, Jemma, is heartwarming beyond words. Their little girls, Evie and Bronte, have so much personality already and are mesmerising to photograph. We usually celebrate each milestone with a studio photo shoot – however, this year, due to the isolation measures, I instead, popped over for a very quick photo shoot in their home. A few family photos first… then it was cake smash time! Not sure who copped the most cake – but it definitely wasn’t the beautiful birthday girl Bronte! It was glorious, messy and pure spontaneous family fun. This one will stay with me for a long time yet. Thank you Ciach-Spotswood’s – love you heaps! X



Best Wishes From HP!

Thank you for getting this far! We will be officially opening our studio for photo shoots in June with regular hours: Wednesday – Saturday + Sunday upon special request. And we have a few limited spaces available in May as well. Remember we have a very special announcement in the last week of May. It is BIG!! X

Best wishes,

Hannah, Olivia, Angela, Nic and Charlie

The Hannah Photography Team