I posted the final shots for the Mommy Matters #RealMom campaign the other day. We were all laughing at how calm and effortless all the shots looked when the reality was far that. In the spirit of being a #RealMom, let me tell you guys a few snippets of what really went on behind the scenes.
- I was really late and I went there looking like I got run over by a bus on the way. Sweaty, dirty and smelling like stale yogurt (which Basti had spilled on me on the way there of course)
- The toddlers were running around and the whole studio was filled with shrieks, some crying, sound effects of iPad apps (our vain attempt to get the kids to stay put) and few “Bastiiiii!!!”s, “Vitoooo!!!!”s and “Sjofnnnnnnn!!!”s here and there. Little Nala was probably rolling her eyes at us in her mind.
- For the group shot, the kids were pulling on our shirts and skirts and crying, trying to get our attention. There were even a few shots with little hands at the bottom reaching out to the mommies.
- The food arrived while were taking the last few shots and Sjofn (Paola’s little girl) was able to grab a chicken leg from the table without anyone noticing. That’s how she was found – munching on chicken, sitting in a corner of a studio somewhere.
Not saying we didn’t have fun. It was absolute chaos but it was also absolute pleasure! That’s what being a #RealMom is about I think. We may complain and gripe about needing to juggling everything for every member of the family while needing time for ourselves, or being so exhausted and harrased all day, everyday, every night.. but admit it: at the end of the day you take a deep breath and think how much you love it all. Being a #RealMom is all that and owning the emotions that go with the day-in-day-out challenges and tiny triumphs we encounter each day. It’s laughter and guilt and insomnia and exhaustion all wrapped in a home, a household and a hug.
The shoot was a tiny peek into the everyday lives of real moms. Inspite of the chaos, the outtakes were precious. Here are shots taken by our photographer while the kids were playing on the set:
Thank you to our wonderful photographer, Sheila Catilo (a #RealMom herself) for the wonderful pictures!
So what does being a #RealMom mean to you?