Just after Neve was born, in March 2012, I was thinking of what to call the photography blog I was starting. I was looking back over the four years since I had met Ville (a Swedish speaking Finn living in Istanbul) and trying to think about the words that might describe our journey. A rock and a soft place sprung to mind immediately. When we met each other, there were, as the saying goes, only rocks and hard places. He had a son in Istanbul and I had a son in England. We couldn’t see a way to make it work, but were determined that we would somehow be together. Over the next few years, with great determination, we created soft places, and safe harbours for our children, and then added another two children to the mix.
As it has at so many other times, when I struggled with my new environment or a particular challenge, photography provided me with a way of making sense of it all. Taking photographs of my beautiful blended family has given me a chance to celebrate what we have. When other people began to ask me to take pictures of their families I felt so delighted to have the opportunity to reflect back the beauty of their lives to them, and the idea that this could become a business was born.
The launch of my website does not feel like that of a large ship, with the smash of champagne bottles and shouting crowds, but rather that I am tenderly placing a small paper boat on the water of the Bosphorus to see where it might lead.